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Death Toll Rises to 12 in Guatemala Mudslide

GUATEMALA CITY – The death toll from a mudslide caused by heavy rainfall in the village of San Pedro Soloma, northwestern Guatemala, on Tuesday has risen to 12, officials said.

After assessing the damage caused by the mudslide in the department of Huehuetenango, the national disaster center Conred reported on Wednesday that only four people were injured, and not nine as previously reported.

The report released by the civil protection body said 12 people have died, the last of whom to be confirmed was a 94-year-old man.

In total, 210 others have been affected by the mudslide.

Some 35 houses have been damaged, three of them severely, while one highway was also affected.

Conred reported that 1,000 bags of clean water, 100 food baskets for children and 25 for families were sent to the mudslide-hit municipality.

Heavy rains caused the mudslide on Wachuna hill on Tuesday.

The mudslide buried a passing minibus, and the rescue brigades recovered 10 dead bodies, including three minors.

Another victim was found in a house which was also buried under tons of land.

Guatemalan Vice President Jafeth Cabrera reiterated his condolences to the victims’ families and noted that the country faces difficulties during periods of heavy rains because of the high moisture content of its soil.

“We are really worried about the situation,” Cabrera said after attending a public ceremony at the National Palace of Culture.

He insisted, however, that there is enough food and machinery to deal with any natural disaster that may occur in the Central American country.

 

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