Guatemala volcano erupts

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Sixty-two people have been killed and hundreds injured after Guatemala’s Fuego volcano erupted on Sunday. It was the Guatemala’s most violent volcanic eruption in more than a century.

The volcano, about 40km South-west of the capital Guatemala City, has been spewing rocks, black smoke and ash into the sky.

The National Disaster Management Agency said a river of lava hit the village of El Rodeo causing houses to be destroyed.

In Guatemala City, La Aurora airport has been closed due to ash.

President Jimmy Morales said a national emergency response had been launched.

Thousands have been evacuated. Officials have advised citizens to wear masks due to falling ash.

A total of about 1.7 million people have been affected by the eruption, the Guatemalan government says.

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