Ecuador declares state of emergency over volcano

The declaration gives authorities more flexibility in using government funds to address the situation.

Officials evacuated several hundred people from nearby villages after the volcano began to erupt on Friday.

Cotopaxi is among the world's most dangerous volcanoes and is prone to fast-moving rock and mud flows.

Small eruptions have already shot ash more than 5km (two miles) into the sky, spreading fine gray powder over as far as the capital 50km (30 miles) to the north.