Authorities in Guatemala say 18 more people have been confirmed killed by a volcanic eruption, raising the death toll to 25.
The army said it had evacuated 3,100 people from around the volcano, 70km south-west of Guatemala City, and posted pictures of soldiers carrying children covered in ashes from houses. "That could cause more mud flows and nearby rivers to burst their banks", said Eddy Sanchez, director of Guatemala's seismological, volcanic and meteorological institute.
"We saw the lava was pouring through the corn fields and we ran towards a hill".
Sergio Cabañas, head of the national disaster agency, said lava had changed course and "buried" the village of El Rodeo, killing four people including an agency official.
Another victim was found in the streets of El Rodeo by volunteer firefighters and later died in an ambulance.
At an ad-hoc morgue in the town of Alotenango, at least three bodies lay covered with blue sheets.Читайте также: Veere Di Wedding producer Rhea Kapoor sends love to Pakistani women
Guatemala's disaster agency said 3,100 people had evacuated nearby communities, and ash fall from the eruption was affecting an area with about 1.7 million of country's 15 million or so people.
Farmers covered in ash fled for their lives as civil defense staffers tried to relocate them to shelters during the event.
"We think that there could be a state of devastation in at least three areas", said President Jimmy Morales.
The volcano erupted previously this year, in February.
Lesser amounts of ash fell on Guatemala City, which is 44km (27 miles) from the volcano. The explosion rained soot over the popular tourist destination and other villages in the Sacatepéquez department, covering them in ash.
Volcan de Fuego last erupted in February and similarly plagued areas with black smoke and ash. Aviation authorities closed the capital's global airport because of the danger posed to planes by the ash.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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