Otago Daily Times

Res­cue at­tempt over

- Disasters · Incidents · Latin America News · Guatemala · Guatemala City · San Cristóbal · Alta Verapaz

Gu­atemala City: Gu­atemala has ended res­cue op­er­a­tions in a storm­lashed vil­lage where scores of peo­ple prob­a­bly died last week in a huge land­slip, the coun­try’s na­tional dis­as­ter agency said yes­ter­day.

The site is no longer hab­it­able and will be aban­doned.

Storm Eta’s tor­ren­tial down­pours top­pled trees, en­gorged rivers, and ripped down parts of a moun­tain­side above the vil­lage of Queja in the cen­tral Gu­atemalan re­gion of Alta Ver­a­paz last week.

Ovidio Choc, mayor of San Cris­to­bal Ver­a­paz, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity Queja be­longs to, said the area was likely to be de­clared a ceme­tery, and the bodies not re­cov­ered. — Reuters

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