Twenty five killed, 20 injured as ‘volcano of fire’ erupts in Central America’s Guatemala City: On Sunday, One of Central America’s most active volcanos erupted in fiery explosions of ash and molten rock, which was in the result of killing at least, around 25 people reportedly, and 20 people were injured.
The incident in Central America took place, while a towering cloud of smoke blanketed in close proximity of villages in heavy ash. An undecided number was missing, and authorities are now scared that the toll can be rise.
Guatemala’s Volcan de Fuego, Spanish for “volcano of fire,” blow up shortly earlier than noon. After some time, around 4 pm, lava began flowing down the side of the mountain.
The director of the nation’s seismology and volcanology institute, Eddy Sanchez, said the flows reached temperatures of about 1,300 degrees Fahrenheit (700 Celsius).
Video images published by Sacatepezuez television display a charred landscape anywhere in a lava flow arrived into the contact with homes. 3 bodies lay partially buried in ash-colored debris because of the volcano, that was lies about 27 miles (44 kilometers) from Guatemala City.
Other videos from local media display that all inhabitants walking barefoot and covered in muddy residue.
“Not everyone was able to get out. I think they ended up buried,” a resident of the village of El Rodeo, Consuelo Hernandez, said to the newspaper Diario de Centroamerica. “Where we saw the lava fall, we ran to a hillside” to escape, she added.
Hundreds of rescue workers, which is consists of the firefighters, police, and soldiers worked to recover bodies from the still-smoking lava.
The National Disaster Coordinator Sergio Cabanas said seven people were confirmed dead and the number is yet unknown, which is for the unaccounted for.
Amongst the all fatalities were four people, including a disaster agency official, died when lava set a house on fire in El Rodeo village, Cabanas said.
2 children were burned to death, reportedly, because they watched the volcano’s second eruption this year from a bridge, he added further.
Another victim was found in the streets of El Rodeo by volunteer firefighters, but the person has succumbed to his injuries in the ambulance.
Guatemala’s disaster agency told that around 3,100 people had evacuated near communities, and ash fall from the eruption was distressing an area with a population of about 1.7 million of the nation’s 15 million or so people.
All Shelters were opened for those forced to flee.
“Currently the volcano continues to erupt and there exists a high potential for (pyroclastic) avalanches of debris,” the disaster agency said via the micro-blogging site, quoting Sanchez, the director of the seismology and volcanology institute.
He also said about the authorities which started in order to send bulletins on the situation starting at 11:30 am.
Jimmy Morales, the Guatemalan President, said he would issue an announcement of the state for the emergency to be approved by Congress and urged people to heed warnings from emergency officials also.
Ash was falling on the Guatemala City area, also in the departments of Sacatepequez, Chimaltenango, and Escuintla, which are in south-central Guatemala around the volcano.
In the colonial town of Antigua, all streets and houses were covered, which is also a popular tourist destination.
The capital’s international airport was closed, by the Aviation authorities, because of the danger posed to planes by the ash. The conical Volcan de Fuego reaches an altitude of 12,346 feet (3,763 meters) above sea level at its peak.