The National Disaster Management Agency (Conred) said a river of lava hit the village of El Rodeo, destroying houses and burning people inside. This eruption is the biggest since 1974. A national emergency response had been launched. “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,” the rescuers communicated. More than 3,100 people have been evacuated from their homes after the volcanic eruption spewed a river of red, hot lava and belched thick clouds of smoke nearly six miles into the air. The volcano, located near the colonial city of Antigua, is one of Central America’s most active.
Several villages were affected. Ash reached even the capital of Guatemala City, some 25 miles away, forcing the closure of its international airport La Aurora. A total of about 1.7 million people have been affected by the eruption, the Guatemalan government says. Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto expressed condolences and offered assistance. “All our solidarity and support to the President Jimmy Morales and the Guatemalan people for the loss of human life after the eruption of the volcano of Fire.”