Deaths, injuries reported after volcano erupts in Guatemala

The Fuego volcano erupted for the second time this year in Guatemala

The Fuego volcano erupted for the second time this year in Guatemala

Hundreds of rescue workers, including firefighters, police and soldiers worked to recover bodies from still-smoking lava.

Richard added: "We knew it was active, it's all part of the experience, you go up and see the lava, that's the point of climbing Acatenango".

The president said he and his government would determine whether to ask Congress to declare a state of emergency in the areas, while at the same time appealing to the population for calm.

The eruption is estimated to affect about 1.7 million people, according to officials, with most living in the colonial city of Antigua and nearby Guatemala City, the country's capital.

Amid darkness and rain, the rescue effort was suspended until early morning, municipal firefighters' spokesman Cecilio Chacaj said.

David de Leon, spokesman for the National Disaster Prevention Authority, said about 300 people from areas near Fuego have been evacuated. Some 3,100 people have been evacuated from the area. "There are injured, burned and dead people", Sergio Cabanas, said the general secretary of Guatemala's CONRED national disaster management agency.

The Fuego volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in Central America.

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At least seven people were killed and many more injured in the eruption of Volcan de Fuego, near Guatemala City.

People flee El Rodeo village, Escuintla department, 20 miles south of Guatemala City, after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano on Sunday. Two of the dead were children who burnt to death as they watched the eruption from a bridge, officials said.

Most of the victims reported initially were from the village of El Rodeo, according to Guatemala's El Periódico newspaper. Lesser amounts of ash reached the capital of Guatemala City about 25 miles away, forcing the closure of its worldwide airport.

Neighbors stand outside a temporary morgue near Volcan de Fuego or Volcano of Fire in Alotenango, Guatemala, on June 3.

It is close to the popular tourist destination Antigua, which is known for its coffee plantations.

Aviation authorities closed the capital's global airport because of the danger posed to planes by the ash.

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