Death toll 44 in Guatemala mudslides; more missing

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 7, 2010 01:23




GUATEMALA CITY – Searchers on Monday pulled more bodies from a mud-covered highway where back-to-back landslides buried bus passengers  and people trying to save them. Yet more mudslides helped raise Guatemala's official death toll to 44 after days of torrential rains.

Authorities said 24 people are confirmed dead and at least 16 are believed to be still buried beneath the debris in the village of Nahuala, where a first mudslide buried a bus and other vehicles, then a second one turned would-be rescuers into victims.

At least 20 others died over the weekend elsewhere as a tropical depression saturated the ground and set off more than a dozen landslides around the country, according to the national disaster agency. The most recent slide, on a highway in northern Guatemala, killed one person and injured 26 on Sunday.


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