International desk – Hundreds of emergency workers have been fanned out across Guatemala in rescue mission after a violent volcano eruption killed at least 25 people in the Central American country, media reports said on Monday.
The most violent Guatemala’s Fuego volcano is located 40 kilometres south-west of the capital Guatemala City.
The volcanic eruption spewed rock, gas and ash into the sky on Sunday, according to BBC.
The fast-moving flows hit villages, killing people inside their homes. Hundreds were injured and many are missing. The country’s main airport has been closed.
The broadcaster interviewed a native woman who said that the people could not escape their home and many, she believes, have been covered under the lava.
President Jimmy Morales has declared three days of national mourning.
In a statement issued late on Sunday, he spoke of the nation’s “deep pain” caused by the “irreparable losses” in human lives.
Sergio Cabañas, head of the country’s National Disaster Management Agency (Conred), said the town of El Rodeo had been “buried”.
Other towns affected include Alotenango and San Miguel los Lotes. Rescuers are still trying to reach a number of villages and the death toll is expected to rise.
Temporary shelters have been set up for about 3,000 residents who have been evacuated, according to BBC.