Search and rescue efforts resumed this week after the fuego or fire volcano erupted for the second time this year, 44 kilometers from the Guatemalan capital.
Hot muddy material spewed onto villages burying trees, cars, animals and people under a cloud of ash.
Dozens of people including several children are reported to have been killed.
VOA news Guatemala affiliate NOTI 7 was in progressive village where the main roads are blocked because of downed trees and abandoned cars.
Other roads were destroyed by the high temperature of the river of lava.Right this moment we see how the volcano is still active, not as it was yesterday afternoon but nevertheless it emanates ash from its crater.
We see that this community has been completely devastated.Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales declared a day of national mourning.
We will suggest the need to call for a state of emergency. Up to now we think it’s been a disaster in at least three areas.
At least 20 people have been injured and authorities fear that the number of deaths may increase given how many people are missing.
In these houses some people have been evacuated.Some were taken to the care centers. However the village is big and a lot of people were asking for support.
The official report of the National Coordination for disaster reduction in Guatemala confirms that 1.7 million people have been affected so far and more than three thousand people were evacuated.
Three shelters have also been open to serve them.
Speaking for Cristina Caicedo Smit, this is Ken Schwartz VOA news