Search and rescue teams are going to the villages in Guatemala due to spewed lava, ash, rocks and deadly hot gas, killing at least 25 people.
The fire from the volcano began erupting ash and lava early Sunday. Hours later, the volcano eruption began moving faster and surprised communities that had not been ordered to evacuate.
Ash began spreading through the sky and created a blanket over the capital Guatemala City.
Over 3,200 residents of the community near the volcano have been moved and 48 people have been treated at a nearby hospital.
“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.
“Where we live the lava was coming down an alleyway… we ran to a hillside. If there are people buried, the lava came over the plots of land and streets.”
Victims were left with charred bodies and badly injured people after the eruption.
Officials who were monitoring the ash fall reported a “positive panorama” and didn’t immediately evacuate residents.
A mudslide on the slopes destroyed a bridge, the national disaster management agency CONRED reported.
There has been tons of videos making it to social media surrounding this eruption and Guatelmalan tv showing the devastation of the country.
“Unfortunately, El Rodeo was buried, and we haven’t been able to reach the La Libertad village because of the lava, and maybe there are people that died there, too,” Sergio Cabanas, CONRED’s general secretary, said on the radio.
The government has declared a state of emergency, freeing up funds to help the victims.
Guatemala is home of multiple volcanoes which run parallel to the Pacific Ocean. The country has a population of 15 million people.