Published: Mon, June 04, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Guatemala volcano: At least 25 dead, hundreds injured in eruption

Guatemala volcano: At least 25 dead, hundreds injured in eruption

Volcan de Fuego, which translates to "volcano of fire", exploded on Sunday just before noon, sending lava flows into nearby villages killing seven and injuring 20 and thousands flee.

Hundreds of rescue workers, including firefighters, police and soldiers, worked to help any survivors and recover any more bodies amid the still-smoking lava.

Richard added: "We knew it was active, it's all part of the experience, you go up and see the lava, that's the point of climbing Acatenango".

"We think that there could be a state of devastation in at least three areas", said President Jimmy Morales.

Rescue operations were suspended until 5:00 A.M. (1100 GMT) due to unsafe conditions and inclement weather, said Cecilio Chacaj, a spokesman for the municipal firefighters' department.

Almost 3,100 people have been evacuated from the affected area, the country's disaster management agency said.

A drone has captured the destruction that the volcano caused in Guatemala, showing apocalyptic images of city blocks covered with volcanic ash.

Guatemala's national disaster coordinator, Sergio Cabañas, said an undetermined number of people were missing following the eruption of the Volcán de Fuego, about 30 miles from Guatemala City.

Another 20 people have been injured, and more than 2,000 evacuated near the volcano and several cities, including Antigua.

Disaster agency spokesman David de Leon said late Sunday the bodies were found in the community of San Miguel Los Lotes.

This Handout picture released by the National Disaster Relief Agency of Guatemala shows Volcano Fuego during an eruptive pulse in El Rodeo, Guatemala on June 3, 2018.

An ambulance of the volunteer firefighter unit carries the wounded from the village of El Porvenir after the eruption. Four people died as their house was set on fire and two children died watching the eruption from a nearby bridge.

The Guatemalan military said it was providing assistance including clearing volcanic ash from La Aurora airport's runway.

The conical Volcan de Fuego reaches an altitude of 12,346ft (3,763 meters) above sea level at its peak.

The Spanish colonial-era city is Guatemala's top tourist attraction.

Aviation authorities there closed the global airport due to the potential danger to planes by the ash, the AP reported.

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