At least 73 killed in massive landslide
Hopes faded of finding any remaining survivors of a massive landslide in Guatemala that killed at least 73 people, even as rescue workers scrabbled through earth and rubble in search of hundreds of others still missing.
Diggers plowed into the mounds of earth that destroyed homes in Santa Catarina Pinula on the southeastern flank of Guatemala City looking for about 350 people who authorities said were still unaccounted for after Thursday night’s disaster. Tons of earth, rocks and trees, loosened by rain, cascaded onto part of the town from a hillside, flattening houses and trapping residents who were at home for the night.
The residences engulfed by the deluge were built in a neighborhood known as El Cambray II near the bottom of a ravine.
About 1,800 soldiers, firefighters and neighbors helped with the rescue efforts, according to David de León, a spokesman for Conred, who said some homes had been buried under about 50 feet of earth. The landslide threatens to become one of the worst natural disasters to hit Central America in recent years.