Guatemala volcano erupts, killing children as lava spews into village

The ash covered bodies of victims of Fuego volcano's eruption are seen inside the morgue in San Juan Alotenango Guatemala Jun 3 2018. Reuters

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

About 3,100 people were evacuated and almost 300 have been injured after the eruption, according to the country's disaster agency.

The Volcan de Fuego, or "Volcano of Fire" erupted shortly before noon local time, raining down ash on nearby villages.

Searing flows of ash mixed with water and debris gushed down the volcano's flanks, blocking roads and burning homes.

"The operation command made a decision to evacuate all the rescuers who were around the Alotenango volcano, we'll have to see if we can continue the search later", Altuve exlplained to euronews.

Dramatic footage showed a group of people fleeing pyroclastic flow - a fast-moving mixture of hot ash, lava and gas - as it tore down a bridge.

The eruption is the second major one this year from the peak, following another that subsided at the beginning of February after sending ash towering 1.7 kilometers into the sky.

The eruption showered sand and ash on coffee plants across as much as 6,890 acres (2,788 hectares), including close to the volcano's cone, causing an estimated loss of 0.91 percent of Guatemala's coffee production, the country's national coffee association said. Most of the dead and injured were from the town of El Rodeo, where lava flow overtook structures.

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Dozens of people are missing with over 2,000 more having been evacuated from the affected areas, the Noticias 4Vision broadcaster reported.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales said he was convening his ministers and considering declaring a state of emergency in several of the affected areas.

Ash from the volcano, which lies about 27 miles (44km) west of Guatemala City, fell on the capital area as well as the departments of Sacatepequez, Chimaltenango and Escuintla.

EL RODEO, Guatemala - A fiery volcanic eruption in south-central Guatemala sent lava flowing into rural communities, killing at least 25 as rescuers struggled to reach people where homes and roads were charred and blanketed with ash. "There are injured, burned and dead people", Sergio Cabanas, the general secretary of Guatemala's Conred disaster agency, said on radio.

One woman told the Diario de Centroamerica that lava had poured through corn fields and she thought more people may have died.

Temporary shelters were opened to evacuated and displaced residents.

It is near the colonial city of Antigua.

La Aurora airport in the country's capital of Guatemala City, was reportedly closed on Sunday due to the eruption, according to reports citing the Guatemalan Coordinating Agency for Disaster Reduction (CONRED).

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