Guatemala Volcano Erupts, Killing at Least 6

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Rescue operations were suspended until 5 am local time (4.30 pm Indian time) on Sunday because of risky conditions and inclement weather, a spokesman for the municipal firefighters department said.

In an official bulletin, the Guatemalan government revealed that ash columns reached more than 10 thousand meters above sea level and pyroclastic flows have descended from the burning crater. Hours later, around 4pm (5am on Monday in Thailand), lava began flowing down the side of the mountain. "That could cause more mudflows and nearby rivers to burst their banks", said Eddy Sanchez, director of Guatemala's seismological, volcanic and meteorological institute.

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.

People flee El Rodeo village, Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City, after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano on June 3, 2018.

Dozens of videos were popping up on social media and local TV, depicting the extent of devastation.

"Not everyone was able to get out". He says El Rodeo was buried and other villages have been cut off by the lava.

Richard added: "We knew it was active, it's all part of the experience, you go up and see the lava, that's the point of climbing Acatenango". Hundreds of rescue workers, including firefighters, police and soldiers worked to recover bodies from the still-smoking lava. In darkness and rain, the rescue effort was ordered suspended until early morning, municipal firefighters spokesman Cecilio Chacaj said.

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President Jimmy Morales informed that a national emergency response team has been activated.

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

Some 3,100 people evacuated nearby communities, and the eruption was affecting an area with a population of about 1.7 million people.

More than 100 people have been injured.

The Fuego volcano, 25 miles south-west of Guatemala City has erupted, leaving at least 25 dead and forcing the closure of the country's main airport.

The eruption has already killed seven, according to National Disaster Coordinator Sergio Cabanas, who added that an undetermined number of people are missing.

Sunday marked the second eruption this year for the 12,346-foot volcano.

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