Guatemala's Fuego volcano claims lives in deadly eruption today

Guatemala's Fuego volcano claims lives in deadly eruption today

Among the fatalities were four people, including a disaster agency official, killed when lava set a house on fire in El Rodeo village, Cabanas said.

Fuego volcano has been spewing ash and smoke.

Volcan de Fuego, Spanish for "volcano of fire", exploded shortly after noon on Sunday.

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.

He said on radio a river of lava has overwhelmed a village.

Twenty people had to be treated in hospital for burns including at least six children, the health ministry said.

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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One video published by news outlet Telediario, purportedly taken in the El Rodeo village, showed three bodies strewn atop the remnants of the flow as rescuers arrived to attend to an elderly man caked from head to toe in ash and mud.

Ash was falling on the Guatemala City area as well as the areas of Sacatepequez, Chimaltenango and Escuintla, which are in south-central Guatemala around the volcano.

An ash-covered woman told the Diario de Centroamerica that lava had poured through corn fields and she thought more people may have died. Streets and houses were covered in the colonial town of Antigua.

Workers and guests were evacuated from the La Reunion golf club. "This is an very bad place to be, if you are ever around an erupting volcano like this and you see a cloud moving along the ground towards you, RUN".

"Temperatures in the pyroclastic flow can exceed 700 degrees (Celsius) and volcanic ash can rain down on a 15 km radius".

The government have said that more than one million have been affected by the volcanic eruption.

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