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25 killed, hundreds injured in volcano eruption

The National Disaster Management Agency (Conred) said a river of lava hit the village of El Rodeo, destroying houses and burning people inside.

25 killed, hundreds injured in volcano eruption

The National Disaster Management Agency (Conred) said a river of lava hit the village of El Rodeo, destroying houses and burning people inside.

04 June 2018 Monday 09:32
25 killed, hundreds injured in volcano eruption

FUEGO volcano eruption has killed seven people , injuring hundreds in Latin American state of Guatemala, BBC has full reports.

It was reported that the volcano, about 40km (25 miles) south-west of the capital Guatemala City, has been spewing black smoke and ash into the sky.

The National Disaster Management Agency (Conred) said a river of lava hit the village of El Rodeo, destroying houses and burning people inside.

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

President Jimmy Morales said a national emergency response had been launched.

This eruption is the biggest since 1974, according to local experts.

The Conred head Sergio Cabañas told a local radio station that a river of lava had changed course towards El Rodeo.

"It's a river of lava that overflowed its banks and affected the El Rodeo village. There are injured, burned and dead people.

"Unfortunately El Rodeo was buried and we haven't been able to reach the La Libertad village because of the lava and maybe there are people that died there too."

Cabañas later said the dead included a member of his agency's staff.Three children are among the seven so far confirmed dead.

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

"Not everyone escaped, I think they were buried," Consuelo Hernandez said.

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