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Volcan de Fuego in Guatemala erupts, killing 25, as locals flee

Volcan de Fuego in Guatemala erupts, killing 25, as locals flee Volcan de Fuego in Guatemala erupts, killing 25, as locals flee
Bennie Garza | 05 June, 2018, 20:17

In addition, officials said, there are 46 people injured, majority seriously, more than 1.7 million being hit by the disaster, including 3,271 ordered evacuated and 1,787 in shelters in the departments of Escuintla, Sacatepequez and Chimaltenango since Sunday's eruption.

The volcano west of Guatemala City exploded Sunday, sending ash high into the sky and lava flows cascading into rural hamlets on the mountain's slopes.

The charred landscape left behind was still too hot to touch or even to pull bodies from in many parts, melting the shoes of rescuers. It showed an officer rescuing a baby girl from a home covered in volcanic ash.

Aerial view of the aftermath of a volcano eruption in Escuintla, Guatemala, is seen in this picture obtained June 4, 2018 from social media.

Volcan de Fuego, whose name means "Volcano of Fire", spewed an eigth-kilometre stream of red-hot lava and belched a thick plume of black smoke and ash that rained onto the capital and other regions. She still doesn't know where her mother or her sister are. We saw the lava was pouring through the corn fields and we ran toward a hill.

"I came out to see the lava already there coming down".

"My mother was stuck there, she couldn't get out", said Lopez, weeping and holding her face in her hands.

Not everyone escaped, I think they were buried. A group of residents arrived at the scene with shovels and work boots.

Smoke fills the air as the Fuego volcano erupts in Guatemala on June 3, 2018.

Some locals said they never learned of the danger until it was upon them - and were critical of authorities. Sunday's eruption marks Guatemala's deadliest eruption since 1902 when the Santa Maria volcano killed thousands of people.ORLANDO ESTRADA/AFP/Getty ImagesColleagues comfort a volunteer firefighter leaving El Rodeo village on June 3, 2018.JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty ImagesResidents of several communities found safety in a temporary shelter in Escuintla, about 20 miles south of Guatemala City.

Over the years, with the help of teams from across North America, they built houses for widows, planted crops on behalf of local farmers and fed people at their local soup kitchen. Eddy Sanchez, director of the country's seismology and volcanology institute, said the flows reached temperatures of about 700 Celsius.

Authorities fear the death toll could rise further because many people are unaccounted for.

Officials said they evacuated more than 3,000 people.

National Disaster Coordinator Sergio Cabanas says an undetermined number of people also are missing following Sunday's eruption of the Volcan del Fuego, which is 44 kilometers (27 miles) from Guatemala City.

Among the dead were two children who burned to death as they stood on a bridge watching the volcano erupt, the AP reported.

Soldiers are helping firefighters search for missing people after Sunday's horrific volcanic eruption in Guatemala, when torrents of superheated rock, ash and mud destroyed villages.

The volcano is some 40 km southwest of the capital, Guatemala City, and is close to the colonial city of Antigua, which is popular with tourists and is known for its coffee plantations.

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