Guatemala Volcano: Dozens Die as Fuego Volcano Erupts

Guatemala Volcano: Dozens Die as Fuego Volcano Erupts

Twenty-five people have been killed and hundreds injured in the most violent eruption in decades in Guatemala.

The Fuego volcano, about 40km (25 miles) south-west of the capital Guatemala City, has been spewing rocks, black smoke and ash into the sky.

A river of lava hit the village of El Rodeo, killing people inside houses. The main airport in the capital, Guatemala City, has been closed.

President Jimmy Morales is considering declaring a state of emergency.

“We think that there could be a state of devastation in at least three areas,” he said.

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Sergio Cabañas, head of the country’s National Disaster Management Agency (Conred), told a local radio station that a lava stream had changed course towards El Rodeo.

“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.”