At least 25 people died this Sunday after the eruption of the Volcan de Fuego in Guatemala, according to official sources.
The National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction Guatemala (Conrad), also said 20 people wounded among them 12 children fourwith third-degree burns .
In total there are 1.7 million people affected.
L to community of El Rodeo was one of the hardest hit as they finished buried by lava and ashes, Sergio Garcia, director of the Conrad said.
“We have disappeared people , but we do not know how many they are, since the recount is being done with the communities,” the official said at a press conference.
“The village that was practically buried is El Rodeo,” he added.
State of calamity
The government of Guatemala approved in the early hours of Monday the State of Public Calamity in the departments of Chimaltenango, Escuintla and Sacatepequez , the most affected by the eruption of the volcano of fire.He also declared the national mourning for three days throughout the territory of Guatemala.
More than 3,100 people were evacuated to different shelters during the afternoon of this Sunday.
The authorities asked the inhabitants of towns near the volcano to get away from the rivers that drag sediments and rocks.Two of the deceased were contemplating the advance of the volcanic material and were dragged by the flood, Garcia said.
“No person should be within 200 meters of a place of risk” warned the director of the Conred.
The volcano recorded from 11:00 am (18:00 GMT) several explosions that generated a column of ash of 10,000 meters high that spread miles away.
A second phase of explosive activity occurred after 4:00 p.m.There were “shock waves” that could be perceived in homes up to 20 km away, according to the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh).
It is the strongest explosion that has been registered in recent years , according to the agency.
“There are no strong lava flows, but there are explosions that occur in the fiery clouds or pyroclastic flows, there is a very great potential for mud avalanches, ” Insivumeh director Eddy Sánchez said.
The La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City suspended all operations from 16:20 (local) this Sunday.
Sweeping machines and military personnel of the Corps of Engineers and the Air Force carried out cleaning tasks to enable the only runway of the air terminal.
The Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics reported that on Monday they will evaluate if there are reopening conditions.The authorities detected that there was spillage of pyroclastic material in the Seca, Cenizas, Onda, Las Lajas, Mineral and Taniluya ravines.
In the capital of the country, located 40 km from the volcano, there was also ash fall.This eruption is the second recorded this year.
In the one that occurred on February 1, the volcano had 20 hours in operation , during which time it expelled lava flows and caused seismic activity and explosions.