Seven people have been killed and nearly 300 injured after Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted, officials say.

THE WORLD IS ACTIVE.. REUTERS REPORTING THIS:

At least six people were killed and another 20 injured on Sunday when Guatemala's Fuego volcano erupted violently, spewing a stream of red hot lava and belching a thick plume of black smoke and ash that rained onto the capital and other regions.
"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 on radio.
"We are evacuating and rescuing people and have reports of 20 wounded, six dead and disappeared," said Cabanas.

The latest numbers after this initial report now indicate 7 dead..300 injured.. the numbers will rise..

Fuego erupts

The volcano, about 25 miles south-west of the capital Guatemala City, has been spewing black smoke and ash into the sky.

A total of about a million people have been affected by the eruption, the Guatemalan government says.

Officials have advised citizens to wear masks due to falling ash, which has been raining down in four of Guatemala's administrative regions.

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