Guatemala Volcano of Fire: Thousands told ‘evacuate immediately’.

Thousands of people in Guatemala have been urged to “evacuate immediately” after the increased eruption of a volcano sparked fears that ash, lava and hot vapour could destroy 10 surrounding villages.

Images of the Volcan de Fuego, or Volcano of Fire, showed glowing lava at its summit.

The volcano is located among Escuintla, Chimaltenango and Sacatepequez in the south-central part of the country.

The communities, with at least 2,000 residents, will decide if they evacuate or not.

Representatives from the village of Chuchú, Escuintla, which lies around 10 kilometres to the south of the volcano’s summit, were set to decide whether to evacuate at a meeting this morning, officials said.

They also who claimed many of the 300 families living there did not want to leave.

Panimaché 2, which lies at the foot of the volcano, decided at a meeting to only evacuate women, Guatemala’s disaster coordinator has said.

Guatemala’s national institute for Seismology, Volcanology and Meteorology has issued a diagram showing the ash is expected to travel around 30km in southwest and northeast directions from the volcano’s summit.

Guatemala’s defence ministry has been setting up tents at a nearby municipal stadium to accommodate evacuees, the country’s coordinator for disaster response has said.

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