Monday 10 December 2018

Evacuation urged near Guatemala's erupting Volcano of Fire

TOPSHOT - A general view shows Fuego volcano erupting as seen from Alotenango on November 19, 2018. (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ / AFP)JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images
TOPSHOT - A general view shows Fuego volcano erupting as seen from Alotenango on November 19, 2018. (Photo by JOHAN ORDONEZ / AFP)JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images

Disaster coordination authorities have asked 10 communities in Guatemala to evacuate and go to safe areas after increased eruption of a volcano.

Images of the Volcan de Fuego, or Volcano of Fire, showed glowing lava at the summit.

The volcano is located among Escuintla, Chimaltenango and Sacatepequez in the south-central part of the country.

The communities, with at least 2,000 residents, will decide if they evacuate or not.

Antigua al Rescate, an organisation that helped regions after a devastating eruption in June, and a newspaper in the capital reported at least three communities were doing so.

David de Leon, spokesman for the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction, said at least eight communities should leave.

Mr De Leon said monitoring of the volcano's activity during Sunday showed the intensity of the eruption was being maintained, with the evacuation was called for as protection.

The 12,300-feet volcano is one of the most active in Central America.

An eruption in June killed 194 people and left at least 234 missing, although organisations supporting the communities have insisted there are thousands of missing persons.

It spewed more ash and lava in October, prompting warnings for the nearby communities.

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