Dozens dead and injured in Guatemala mudslide

Published: Saturday 3rd October 2015 by The News Editor

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A rain-sodden hillside about 300 feet high collapsed onto a neighbourhood on the outskirts of Guatemala’s capital, killing at least 26 people and sending 36 to hospital.

Family members have reported 100 people missing, but the number could be as high as 600 based on at least 100 homes in the area of the slide, said Alejandro Maldonado, executive secretary of Conred, the country’s emergency disaster agency.

Hundreds of rescue workers used shovels in a desperate effort to reach survivors, pulling one man alive from the rubble of his collapsed home more than 15 hours after the landslide hit late on Thursday.

Julio Sanchez, spokesman for Guatemala’s volunteer firefighters, said the dead, including two babies, were carried to an improvised morgue where weeping relatives identified their bodies, and families arrived looking for people who were missing.

Among the bodies, rescuers found a mother embracing her two girls, said Carlos Turcios, a doctor who saw them when he came to help the rescue.

Rescuers called off the search late on Friday because rains made it dangerous for emergency crews, but planned to resume this morning.

Published: Saturday 3rd October 2015 by The News Editor

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