Guatemala mudslides kill at least 38; 2 buses hit

September 5, 2010 20:49


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NAHUALA, Guatemala – Torrential rains from a tropical depression caused mudslides that have killed at least 38 people in Guatemala Sunday — most of them in separate disasters along the same highway.

In the village of Nahuala, rescue crews on Sunday searched through mud and rocks for bodies after two landslides in the same spot killed at least 20 people along a highway leading northwest of the capital toward Mexico.

A slide Saturday afternoon had trapped vehicles at kilometer 171 of the Inter-American highway, and some of the people who came to rescue them were themselves caught by a second slide, officials reported.

"Under the earth there is a bus that carried we don't know how many people, and there are those who tried to help the victims of the first slide," regional fire department Maj. Otto Mazariegos said.

Rescue workers have recovered 20 bodies from that site, said fire department spokesman Jose Rodriguez. He said at least 60 people are missing.

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