Eruption of the ‘Volcano of Fire’ kills at least 25 people in Guatemala

After Guatemala’s “Volcano of Fire” erupted at least 25 people have died, spewing lava into a village and sending smoke and ash billowing across the sky.

Nearly 300 are have been injured.

The death stands at 25 including at least 3 children, but that number is expecting to increase.

Four people died when lave set a house in a fire and two children were killed while standing on the bridge and watching the eruption.

Sergio Cabanas, Head of Guatemala’s disaster agency Conred said : “It’s a river of lava that overflowed its banks and affect the El Rodeo village. There are injured, burned and dead people”.

Volcano de Fuego means “Volcano of Fire” in English and is located in 25 miles southwest of the capital, Guatemala City. 3,100 people had evacuated nearby communities. The eruption was affecting an area with a population of about 1.7 million people.

It began exploding before noon local time, 7pm UK time, on Sunday, 3rd of June.

Eddy Sanchez, director of the country’s seismology and volcanology institute, said the lave flows reached temperatures about of 700 C (1,300F).

“Unfortunately El Rodeo was buried and we haven’t been able to reach the La Liberted village because of the lava and maybe people have died there too,” said Mr Cabanas.

A red alert has been set up in the areas most affected by the eruption, and an orange alert throughout the country.

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