Guatemala Volcano Eruption Kills at Least 33

Six dead or missing after Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupts

Guatemala's Fuego volcano claims lives in deadly eruption today

According to the National Institute of Forensic Sciences, it has received 69 bodies and only 17 of them have so far been identified.

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.

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

The speed and ferocity of the eruption took mountain communities by surprise, with numerous dead found in or around their homes. Communities located on its southern slope were the worst hit.

Several children are among those confirmed dead.

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Officials said the casualties occurred mainly in the towns of El Rodeo, Alotenango, and San Miguel los Lotes. Kerr iis our community reporter and also covers world events.

"My mother was stuck there, she couldn't get out", said Lopez, crying and holding her face in her hands.

Guatemala's disaster agency, Conred, issued a number of standard precautions, advising people to wear protective face masks, clean their rooftops of ash once the eruption was over and cover any food and water intended for human consumption. The disaster agency said 3,265 people had been evacuated.

In a statement issued late on Sunday, he spoke of the nation's "deep pain" caused by the "irreparable losses" in human lives.

President Jimmy Morales said he had convened his ministers and was considering declaring a state of emergency in the departments of Chimaltenango, Escuintla and Sacatepequez.

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The eruption of the 3,763-meter (12,346-foot) volcano sent ash billowing over the surrounding area, turning plants and trees gray and blanketing streets, cars and people.

Almost 300 people have been injured in what was the volcano's second eruption this year. Hundreds were injured and many are missing. They were trapped in their home, which was flooded with hot mud that descended from the volcano. Due to the eruption of the volcano was closed the global airport "Aurora" in the capital of Guatemala. The eruption took place on Sunday and lasted for more than 16 hours.

The national disaster agency ordered evacuations as new flows of ash, gas and rock spewed from the volcano.

A group of residents arrived at the scene of the lava flow Monday with shovels and work boots to help the search for survivors and victims.

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Dramatic footage shows a woman emerging from the ashes of Guatemala's Volcán de Fuego saying that while she managed to escape, her entire family and neighbors were likely wiped out by a rogue lava flow.

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