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Woman Says Guatemalan Volcano Buried Her Family

GettyVolcan de Fuego violently erupted on Sunday killing at least six people and injuring 20 others

In addition, there are 46 people injured, majority seriously, more than 1.7 million being hit by the disaster, including 3,271 ordered evacuated and 1,787 in shelters in the departments of Escuintla, Sacatepequez and Chimaltenango since the eruption on Sunday, June 3.

Lesser amounts of ash fell on Guatemala City, which is 44 kilometers (27 miles) from the volcano.

The charred bodies of victims laid on the steaming, ashen remnants of a pyroclastic flow as rescuers attended to badly injured victims in the aftermath of the eruption.

A former Abbotsford woman who is based in an area of Guatemala not far from a volcano that erupted on Sunday is appealing for help for affected citizens.

A hot flow of mud, ash and gas swept down from Guatemala's Fuego volcano on Monday, after a new explosion in the morning interrupted disaster workers pulling bodies from the brown sludge known as a pyroclastic flow that engulfed the village of El Rodeo.

Authorities fear the death toll could rise further because many people are unaccounted for.

An estimated 3,271 others have been evacuated. The bodies were recovered in the hamlets of Los Lotes and El Rodeo.

Police officers carry a wounded man after the eruption of the Fuego Volcano, in El Rodeo village, Escuintla department south of Guatemala City on June 3, 2018.

Dozens of videos were popping up on social media and local TV, depicting the extent of devastation.

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

"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", said CONRED's Cabanas.

An evacuated man waits to be transferred while sitting in a police auto near Volcan de Fuego, or Volcano of Fire, in El Rodeo, Guatemala, Sunday, June 3, 2018.

President Jimmy Morales and his government declared three days of mourning and a state of emergency for Escuintla, Chimaltenango and Sacatepequez, which must still be ratified by Congress.

The eruption forced the Guatemala City's La Aurora global 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.

Workers and guests were evacuated from La Reunion golf club near Antigua as a black cloud of ash rose from just beyond the club's limits.

The active volcano is about 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of the capital Guatemala City.

Gonzalez was overwhelmed with despair, as two more of his children, aged 10 and four, are missing. Eddy Sanchez, director of the country's seismology and volcanology institute, said the flows reached temperatures of about 700 Celsius.

Volcanologist Dr Rebecca Williams has warned that the emissions from the Volcano of Fire are "the most deadly event to happen at a volcano".

Residents had little or no time to flee to safety - and now, rescuers are using sledgehammers to break through the roofs of houses buried in debris to see if anyone is trapped inside.

Earlier on Sunday, the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) in Guatemala said fiery clouds of smoke were billowing from the volcano, and that soot had blanketed cars and houses in the nearby villages of San Pedro Yepocapa and Sangre de Cristo.