The Fuego volcano of Guatemala erupted on Sunday afternoon, leaving at least 31 dead, buried neighborhoods, and ash columns over 6,000 meters high.
The National Coordination Office for Disasters (Conred) reported that after the eruption of the volcano, rivers of lava and burning mud came violently down the mountain, and thick clouds of smoke of almost 9.6 kilometers in the air were produced.
Also, the Conred explained that 20 injured people have been taken to health centers, 3 thousand 100 evacuated, and a total of 1.7 million citizens affected by the explosion. So far the number of missing and refugees is unknown.
According to the volcanological bulletin issued by the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology of Guatemala (Insivumeh), “the volcano is emitting between five and seven weak, moderate and strong explosions per hour, loaded with abundant ashes, in these cases what is recommended is to continue with the state of maximum alert for the search and rescue work going on in the affected communities, and for the citizens to stay in safe places, not approaching ravines to avoid accidents and burns”.
The Guatemalan government decreed 3 days of national mourning for the death of at least 31 people, following the eruption of the volcano. For their part, regional authorities confirmed that the lava and mud rivers buried El Rodeo de Escuintla village in the south of the country.