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    The volcano Fuego located west of Guatemala City exploded on Sunday leaving at least 69 people killed, according to the official data of the national disaster relief service.

    The Guatemelan authorities decided to suspend search and rescue operations following the deadly eruption of volcano Fuego due to its decreased activity and foul weather conditions, local media reported. However, local authorities reportedly did not specify how long the pause would last.

    Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales on Monday declared a three-day period of national mourning.

    Earlier in the day, the representative of the National Coordination for Disaster Reduction of Guatemala, David de Leon, told Sputnik that the country hoped to tackle the consequences of the natural disaster by its own resources, despite readiness of many states to offer assistance.

    The eruption has reportedly resulted in the evacuation of more than 3,000 people.

     

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