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Israel sends aid to Guatemala after deadly volcano eruption Israel sends aid to Guatemala after deadly volcano eruption
Melinda Barton | 10 June, 2018, 03:43

Guatemala's Volcan de Fuego is seen erupting, June 3, 2018.

Searing flows of ash mixed with water and debris down its flanks, blocking roads and burning homes.

The eruption is the second major one this year from the peak, following another that subsided at the beginning of February after sending ash towering 1.7 kilometers into the sky. And the Institute of seismology and Volcanology of the country said that the streams running down the mountain lava has reached the temperature of about 1300 degrees Fahrenheit (700 degrees Celsius).

Dead dogs, chickens and ducks also lay among the mud and ash, much of it still smoking.

It spewed a river of hot lava that cut directly through the village of El Rodeo, at the foot of the volcano, burying the town and causing some deaths.

Around 3,100 residents of communities near the volcano were eventually moved, and 20 sent to the hospital, according to Guatemala's CONRED national disaster management agency.

"It's a river of lava that overflowed its banks and affected the El Rodeo village".

According to The Associated Press, at least 62 people are dead and dozens of others were injured after Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted Sunday.

"Not everyone was able to get out".

"Not everyone escaped, I think they were buried", Hernandez said in a video released by CONRED.

Farmers covered in ash fled for their lives as civil defense workers tried to relocate them to shelters.

President Jimmy Morales has called for three days of national mourning following what officials say is the volcano's most intense eruption in more than four decades.

Rescuers used heavy machinery and shovels Monday to search for survivors or victims of an eruption at Guatemala's Volcano of Fire, and residents said they were caught unaware by fast-moving pyroclastic flows that killed at least 25 people and left authorities fearing the toll could go higher.

Renato Cortez (L) is helped by friend Alex Ruiz to look for his family at an area affected by the eruption of the Fuego volcano at San Miguel Los Lotes, Escuintla, Guatemala 7 June, 2018.

The eruption forced the Guatemala City's La Aurora worldwide airport to shut down its only runway due to the presence of volcanic ash and to guarantee passenger and aircraft safety, Guatemala's civil aviation authority said in a tweet.

"Where we live the lava was coming down an alleyway... we ran to a hillside".

The volcano is located less than 30 miles from Guatemala City.

Volcan del Fuego, one of the most active volcanoes in Central America, last erupted on January 31.

It urged residents living near the volcano to evacuate immediately and warned residents of the towns of Chimaltenango, Sacatepequez and Escuintla to watch out for volcanic rocks and ash.