Volcano eruption in Central America kills 25 injures hundreds

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Volcan del Fuego, one of the most active volcanoes in Central America, last erupted on January 31.

Videos and pictures have shown the devastation caused by the most violent eruption of Guatemala's Fuego volcano in more than four decades.

Twenty people suffered burn injuries, and more than 3 000 were evacuated due to the eruption, which affected rural communities around the volcano as well as Antigua Guatemala, a colonial-era town very popular with tourists in the Central American country, he said.

Farmers covered in ash fled for their lives as civil defense staffers tried to relocate them to shelters during the event.

"There are injured, burned and dead people", said Sergio Cabanas, general secretary of Guatemala's CONRED disaster management agency.

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"This is a deadly eruption", tweeted volcanologist Janine Krippner of Concord University.

An estimated 25 people, including at least three children, were killed and almost 300 injured on Sunday, officials said.

The national airport of L'Aurora closed its main runway and Guatemala President Jimmy Morales was considering declaring a state of emergency as the Volcano de Fuego continues to wreak havoc.

A man using a pay phone protects himself with an umbrella from a light rain of volcanic ash in Guatemala.

"Not everyone escaped, I think they were buried", Consuelo Hernandez told local news outlet Diario de Centroamerica.

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This Handout picture released by the National Disaster Relief Agency of Guatemala shows Volcano Fuego during an eruptive pulse in El Rodeo, Guatemala on June 3, 2018.

Authorities said at least six people were dead or missing following the eruption.

It urged residents living near the volcano to evacuate immediately and warned residents of the towns of Chimaltenango, Sacatepequez and Escuintla to watch out for volcanic rocks and ash.

Most of the victims reported initially were from the village of El Rodeo, according to Guatemala's El Periódico newspaper.

Volcan de Fuego, Spanish for "volcano of fire", exploded shortly after noon on Sunday. Lesser amounts of ash reached the capital of Guatemala City some 25 miles away, forcing the closure of its worldwide airport, CONRED said.

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