Guatemala Volcano Death Toll Rises To 62

Six dead or missing after Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupts

It is the second time this year that the volcano has erupted. It is estimated that the eruption has taken lives of 25 people that also included no less than 3 children and injured around 300 people on Sunday.

Volcan de Fuego, whose name means "Volcano of Fire", spewed an eigth-kilometre stream of red-hot lava and belched a thick plume of black smoke and ash that rained onto the capital and other regions.

Rescuers are using heavy machinery and shovels have found the bodies of at least eight more victims since the last death toll was given at 25.

The volcano's peak soars 3,763 meters above sea level.

"It's a river of lava that overflowed its banks and affected the Rodeo village", said Sergio Cabanas, the general secretary of Guatemala's Conred disaster agency, according to Reuters.

People flee El Rodeo village, Escuintla department, 35 km south of Guatemala City, after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano on June 3, 2018.

So far, officials have announced the deaths were concentrated in three towns: El Rodeo, Alotenango, and San Miguel los Lotes.

Search and rescue operations had suspended due to low light and risky conditions, but were resumed early on Monday morning.

Dozens of videos appeared on social media and Guatemalan TV showing the extent of the devastation.

Lava flows hit villages, killing people inside their homes.

Among the fatalities four people were killed when lava set a house on fire in El Rodeo village, Cabanas said.

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"We were at a party, celebrating the birth of a baby, when one of the neighbours shouted at us to come out and see the lava that was coming", Lopez recalled.

It urged residents living near the volcano to evacuate immediately and warned residents of the towns of Chimaltenango, Sacatepequez and Escuintla to watch out for volcanic rocks and ash.

President Jimmy Morales, who has declared three days of national mourning, was due to visit the disaster zone on Monday.

The eruption forced the Guatemala City's La Aurora global airport to shut down its only runway due to the presence of volcanic ash and to guarantee passenger and aircraft safety, Guatemala's civil aviation authority said in a Tweet.

Volcan de Fuego, which translates to "volano of fire" exploded just before noon on Sunday, 27 miles from Guatemala City.

Workers and guests were evacuated from the La Reunion golf club.

"We saw the lava was pouring through the corn fields and we ran towards a hill", Consuelo Hernandez, a survivor, told Al Jazeera.

Today, hundreds of Guatemalans were affected by Guatemala's Fuego volcano that erupted.

"Currently the volcano continues to erupt and there exists a high potential for (pyroclastic) avalanches of debris", the disaster agency said late Sunday via Twitter, quoting Sanchez, the director of the seismology and volcanology institute.

Officials have advised people to wear masks as protection against falling ash.

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