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Mudslide Kills 11 in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY – At least 11 people were killed and an undetermined number are presumed missing following a mudslide that hit San Pedro Soloma, a community in the northeastern Guatemalan province of Huehuetenango, on Tuesday, officials said.

The mudslide occurred on Wachuna hill in San Pedro Soloma, located 150 kilometers (95 miles) northwest of Guatemala City, national emergency management chief Sergio Cabañas told reporters.

Emergency crews have recovered 11 bodies, but the mudslide buried five houses, a bus and a van carrying passengers, Cabañas said, adding that a truck covered by tons of dirt and mud had been dug out.

Volunteers helping in the rescue effort should be careful since the ground is still unstable, Cabañas said.

National emergency management office spokeswoman Ileana Recinos, meanwhile, said the victims were 10 passengers traveling in the van and a resident of a house.

The death toll from the 2017 rainy season in Guatemala stands at 16.

 

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