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06/04/2018 01:22 am ET Updated Jun 05, 2018

Guatemala's Fuego Volcano Erupts, Killing At Least 62

The eruption of Fuego - Spanish for “fire” - on Sunday was the biggest in more than four decades.

MEXICO CITY, June 4 (Reuters) - The number of fatalities from a massive volcano eruption in Guatemala rose to 62 on Monday, an official in the Central American country said.

Only 13 of the dead have been identified so far, Mirna Zeledon, a spokeswoman for Guatemala’s National Institute of Forensic Sciences told Reuters.

The eruption of Fuego - Spanish for “fire” - on Sunday was the biggest in more than four decades, forcing the closure of Guatemala’s main international airport and dumping ash on thousands of acres (hectares) of coffee farms on the volcano’s slopes.

(Reporting by Sofia Menchu; writing by Julia Love)

A rescue worker helps a woman covered with ash after Fuego volcano erupted violently in El Rodeo, Guatemala June 3, 2018.
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A rescue worker helps a woman covered with ash after Fuego volcano erupted violently in El Rodeo, Guatemala June 3, 2018.
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