Guatemala: 25 killed, almost 3,100 evacuated as Fuego volcano erupts

Massive volcano in Guatemala kills dozens, injures hundreds

Six people are dead or missing and 20 have been injured after Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted on Sunday sending a river of lava flowing into a village.

"We saw the lava was pouring through the corn fields and we ran towards a hill".

Guatemala's President Jimmy Morales declared three days of national mourning.

More than 1.7 million people could be affected by the eruption.

Rescue operations were suspended until 5 am local time (4.30 pm Indian time) on Sunday because of unsafe conditions and inclement weather, a spokesman for the municipal firefighters department said.

More than 3,100 people have been evacuated while search and rescue efforts continue into the night, said Sergio García Cabañas, director of the agency.

After awakening on Sunday, and for the second time this year, the Volcan de Fuego (Volcano of Fire) has generated strong pyroclastic flows in the Barrancas de Cenizas, Mineral, Seca, Taniluya, Las Lajas and Barranca Honda localities, the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction in Guatemala (Conred) said.

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A man cleans ashes from the Volcan de Fuego off his auto in Antigua Guatemala, Sacatepequez department, southwest of Guatemala City on Sun., June 3, 2018.

A view of an eruption of the Fuego volcano in Alotenango, Sacatepequez, Guatemala, 03 June 2018.

Disaster agency spokesman David de Leon said today the bodies were found in the community of San Miguel Los Lotes. The victims included at least three children, two of whom burned to death while watching the eruption from a bridge.

An ambulance of the volunteer firefighter unit carries the wounded from the village of El Porvenir after the eruption.

"We have shut it down as a precautionary measure for the planes because the volcanic ash is harmful to the turbines", the airport spokesman, Francis Argueta said.

Tourists can take guided tours up the Volcan de Fuego's neighbour peak to view the frequent volcanic activity. It is located near the colonial city of Antigua.

People have been evacuated from several areas and the capital's La Aurora airport has closed.

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