At least 25 dead due to the eruption of the Volcán de Fuego in Guatemala

At least 25 dead due to the eruption of the Volcán de Fuego in Guatemala

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At least 25 people died this Sunday (03.06.2018) because of the eruption of the Volcán de Fuego in Guatemala, according to new data provided to the press by David de León, spokesperson of the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conrad). ).

On the other hand, the executive secretary of the Conred, Sergio García Cabañas, indicated that it is feared that the death toll could be even greater because there are communities that could not be admitted until Sunday night.

The Government had previously reported the number of 296 injured. In addition, there are about 3,100 evacuated by the strong eruption of the 3,763-meter-high volcano, which caused rivers of lava that moved over populations and inundated roads. The ash released in huge columns of smoke of up to 6,000 meters expanded through four departments of Guatemala: Escuintla (south), Chimaltenango (west), Sacatepéquez (south-central) and Guatemala (center).

The authorities estimate that at least 1.7 million people were affected by the strong eruption.

For his part, President Jimmy Morales participated in a meeting held at the headquarters of the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (Conred), south of the capital, to assume the direction of the institutional response to the phenomenon. 

Meanwhile, the Guatemalan Army broadcast videos and photos with dramatic rescue scenes on its Twitter account, with troops entering homes while a river of lava covered a road or its members carrying a person covered in ash on a stretcher.

The Ministry of Health indicated that several people had to be treated for burns in hospitals, including at least six children.

For their part, firefighters reported that a man who was transferred to an emergency unit died en route due to burns suffered after being trapped in the lava.

Guatemala Flughafen La Aurora nach Vulkanausbruch Feuervulkan (Getty Images / AFP / J. Ordonez)The capital’s international airport had to be closed

The ashes also forced the closure of the international airport La Aurora, in the capital. The eruption “is the strongest recorded in recent years,” reported the government National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh).

Volcán de Fuego is one of the three active in Guatemala and is located between the departments of Escuintla, Chimaltenango and Sacatepéquez. The other active volcanoes in the country are Santiaguito (Quetzaltenango-west) and Pacaya (Escuintla-sur). In total, the Central American country has 32 volcanoes.

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