Despite the danger they face from lava engulfing their area, many are not leaving their homes.
Some are afraid of looters taking what they have left, CBS News reported.
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As of Thursday, 12,000 people were under evacuation orders in Esquintla, CBS News reported.
Hugo Lopez lost his home and 46 members of his family are still missing, NBC News reported.
“I don’t know where they are. I looked in the hospitals, the morgue and there are no signs of any of them,” Lopez said through tears. “There’s nothing here. There’s nothing here.”
Another area, the village of San Miguel Los Lotes, is covered in 10 feet of ash. Rescue crews are not hopeful that there are survivors, CBS News reported.
Rain isn’t helping the search and recovery efforts either.
Storms have soaked the area, making the ash turn hard.
"Nobody is going to be able to get them out or say how many are buried here," Efrain Suarez told The Associated Press. He was speaking in what was left of the village of San Miguel Los Lotes.
“The bodies are already charred and if heavy machinery comes in they will be torn apart,” Suarez said.
Below the surface of the ash, firefighters say the temperatures could still be as high as between 750 and 1,300 degrees in some places. They poked metal rods into the ground and released smoke trapped below, AP reported.