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Devastating Footage Shows Deadly Ash Cloud Over Guatemala

Death toll continues to climbs after a violent eruption from Guatemala's Fuego volcano.

What you need to know
  • Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted violently on Sunday spewing red lava and thick black smoke onto the capital and other regions
  • 25 people were killed and almost 300 injured
  • Authorities are still searching for trapped residents
  • Guatemala City's international airport has been shut and flights grounded

Horrifying footage has emerged from Guatemala showing thick black smoke enveloping streets in the nation's capital, after the Fuego volcano erupted violently on Sunday.

An 25 people have been killed, including at least three children, and almost 300 others injured-- with some of the victims suffering burns-- after the eruption caused a lava river to spew into nearby villages.

According to officials the fatalities have been concentrated to the villages of El Rodeo, Alotenango and San Miguel los Lotes

More than 3,100 people have been evacuated from the region.

“It’s a river of lava that overflowed its banks and affected the Rodeo village. There are injured, burned and dead people,” Sergio Cabanas, the general secretary of Guatemala’s Conred disaster agency said, according to Reuters.

Authorities are still searching for survivors, with witnesses telling local media they believed people were buried or trapped inside their homes.

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Authorities say rescue effort are continuing. Source: Getty Images

Guatamala City's La Aurora international airport has also been forced to ground flights, due to the thick smoke.

The ash cloud has reached as high as 6000 metres above sea level, according to the National Coordinator For Disaster Reduction.

Officials said it is the most violent eruption by the Fuego volcano in almost four decades.

It's understood this is the second time the volcano has erupted this year and authorities have warned residents of continued volcanic activity and the possibility of the eruption triggering mud slides in nearby regions.