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More than two dozen people were killed and hundreds more injured in Guatemala on Sunday after one of the country's biggest and most active volcanoes randomly erupted.

People were working to clean ash off the runways to get the airport operating again.National Disaster Coordinator Sergio Cabanas said seven people were confirmed dead and an unknown number were unaccounted for. "There are injured, burned and dead people", he said.

The volcano that erupted is dubbed the Fuego volcano, which means "fire" in English.

Fuego volcano has been spewing ash and smoke.

An ambulance of the volunteer firefighter unit carries the wounded from the village of El Porvenir after the eruption.

Steaming lava flowed down the streets of a village as emergency crews entered homes in search of trapped residents, another video on a different media outlet showed.

Some 3,100 people evacuated nearby communities, and the eruption was affecting an area with a population of about 1.7 million people.

Rescue operations were suspended until 5 am local time (4.30 pm Indian time) on Sunday because of risky conditions and inclement weather, a spokesman for the municipal firefighters department said.




There are also "missing persons, but we do not know how many", Cabanas said, adding that lava had blocked entry to several communities.

In another video, a visibly exhausted woman, her face blackened from ash, said she had narrowly escaped as lava poured through corn fields.

"Currently the volcano continues to erupt and there exists a high potential for (pyroclastic) avalanches of debris", CONRED tweeted, quoting local officials.

Residents living near the volcano were urged to evacuate immediately, and some in the states of Chimaltenango, Sacatepequez and Escuintla were warned to watch out for volcanic rocks and ash.

Police officers help the rescue effort in El Rodeo village.

Guatemala's Volcan de Fuego, Spanish for "volcano of fire", exploded shortly before noon.

It is close to the popular tourist destination Antigua, which is known for its coffee plantations.

The Foreign Office advised Britons travelling to and from Guatemala to check with their airlines after La Aurora International Airport is expected to remain closed until at least 2pm (8pm BST) on Monday.


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