Guatemala Volcano Death Toll Rises To 62

A view of an ambulance of the volunteer firefighter unit carrying wounded from the village of El Porvenir after an eruption of the Fuego volcano in Antigua Guatemala Sacatepequez Guatemala

At least 20 others people have been reported injured after the Fuego volcano erupted.

Dozens more were injured, and authorities are anxious that the death toll could rise as hundreds of emergency workers continue the search for missing people.

Volcan de Fuego means Volcano of Fire in English.

The Fuego Volcano, as seen from Los Lotes, Rodeo, erupts in Escuintla, south of Guatemala City on on June 4, 2018.

Around four hours after the explosion lava flows reaching temperatures of about 1,300degrees Fahrenheit, cascaded down the mountain, according to ABC.

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

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

It spewed a river of hot lava that cut directly through the village of El Rodeo, at the foot of the volcano, burying the town and causing some deaths.

Among the dead are two children-a brother and sister who were burned to death as they watched the eruption from a bridge, Sergio Cabanas, the country's national disaster coordinator, told the AP. A video circulating on social media showed a black cloud of ash rising from just beyond the golf club.

"Not everyone was able to get out".

"Not everybody could leave - I'd say they were left buried", Consuelo Hernández, a resident of the town of El Rodeo near the volcano, told the local el Periodico newspaper.

Bodies were so thickly coated with ash that they looked like statues, and rescuers were forced to use sledgehammers to break through the roofs of houses buried in debris up to their rooflines to try to see if anyone was trapped inside.

President Jimmy Morales and his government declared three days of mourning and a state of emergency for Escuintla, Chimaltenango and Sacatepequez, which must still be ratified by Congress.

La Aurora International Airport remains closed as a preventive measure because the runway was covered with volcanic ash. We saw the lava was pouring through the corn fields and we ran toward a hill.

A hot flow of mud, ash and gas swept down from Fuego after a new blast on Monday morning that interrupted disaster workers pulling bodies from the brown sludge that engulfed the village of El Rodeo in southern Guatemala.

Fuego is one of Central America's most active volcanos.

A disaster authority spokesman said a change in wind direction was to blame for the volcanic ash falling on parts of the capital.

Emergency response teams from the Guatemala Red Cross are giving medical and psychosocial support to survivors, and ambulances from three Red Cross branches have been deployed to take wounded people to hospitals in the capital.

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