Sunday, 24 June, 2018

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

Volcano of Fire shoots ash 10km into air triggers evacuations in Guatemala Johan Ordonez AFP
Gerardo Duncan | 04 June, 2018, 11:25

At least six people were killed and 20 others were injured after the Fuego volcano erupted near Guatemala City on Sunday, leaving the residents in panic, according to officials.

Videos and pictures have shown the devastation caused by the most violent eruption of Guatemala's Fuego volcano in more than four decades.

According to the country's disaster agency, 3100 people had been evacuated from nearby communities, as falling ash continues to affect an area with a population of roughly 1.7 million. Shelters were opened for those forced to flee. "There are injured, burned and dead people", Sergio Cabanas, the general secretary of Guatemala's CONRED national disaster management agency, said on the radio.

"This is a deadly eruption", tweeted volcanologist Janine Krippner of Concord University.

It is the second time this year that the volcano has erupted. "We are evacuating and rescuing people and have reports of 20 wounded six dead and disappeared".

President Jimmy Morales informed that a national emergency response team has been activated.

Dense ash blasted out by the volcano - which rises to 3,763 meters (12,346 feet) - also shut down Guatemala City's global airport, civil aviation said.

Steaming lava flowed down the streets of a village as emergency crews entered homes in search of trapped residents, another video on a different media outlet showed.

Twenty-five people have been killed and hundreds injured after Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted, officials say.

"Not everyone was able to get out". He says El Rodeo was buried and other villages have been cut off by the lava.

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

The eruption, the strongest recorded in several years, is now affecting the municipalities of Antigua Guatemala, Alotenango, San Antonio Aguas Calientes, Santa Catarina Barahona, Ciudad Vieja, San Miguel Dueñas, Acatenango, San Andres Itzapa, Patzicia, Saragoza, Patzún and Tecpán Guatemala.

Another victim was found in the streets of El Rodeo by volunteer firefighters and later died in an ambulance.

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

In Guatemala City, La Aurora airport has been closed due to ash.

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