Volcan de Fuego eruption leaves at least 25 dead in Guatemala

The Volcán de Fuego in Guatemala, located about 50 kilometers from the capital, erupted on Sunday for the second time in the year, affecting 1.7 million people, the disaster prevention agency of the Central American country reported.

The National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) of Guatemala reported that 25 people have died after the violent eruption, according to the last count of 09:00 p.m. local

CONRED spokesman, David de León, added that so far, 653 inhabitants of areas surrounding the colossus were in shelters. 378 from department of Escuintla and 275 of Sacatepéquez.

The volcano, 3,763 meters high, is located between the departments of Escuintla, Chimaltenango and Sacatepéquez, 50 kilometers west of the capital.

 

The search for survivors has been suspended during the night, due to darkness and danger in the area, and will resume at dawn.

The president of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales, declared Sunday three days of national mourning for the deaths caused by the eruption of the volcano. In a government agreement approved in the Council of Ministers, the president said that the three days of mourning were declared for the “irreparable loss” of human lives due to the activity of the colossus.

Due to the emergency, the Guatemalan president agreed on Sunday to decree the State of Public Calamity in the three most affected departments for a period of 30 days, but the measure has to be approved or modified by Congress.

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