More than 30 killed in Guatemala landslide

A massive landslide on a road in northern Guatemala killed 33 people, while dozens more were missing, rescue officials said Monday.

Rescue teams searched for a possible 70 more victims buried after Sunday’s landslide in humid conditions, said Sergio Cabanas, a disaster coordinator, on local radio.

About 140 day labourers had been travelling on the road between Alta Verapaz and Quiche in northern Guatemala, used as an alternative to another route closed due to a previous landslide, official reports said.

”Millions of tonnes of earth and stones dislodged from the hill,” Cabanas said.

Guatemalan Vice-President Rafael Espada said on Sunday that passages through the area had been closed for four days after construction workers reported hearing earth tumbling down the hill and removed their machinery. — AFP



We make it make sense

If this story helped you navigate your world, subscribe to the M&G today for just R30 for the first three months

Subscribers get access to all our best journalism, subscriber-only newsletters, events and a weekly cryptic crossword.”

Related stories


Already a subscriber? Sign in here


Latest stories

South African government distances itself from Cuban human trafficking claims

The Trafficking in Persons report says Cuba benefits financially from its ‘coercive’ labour export programmes to 66 countries

Agriculture and Agro-processing Master Plan: For food security, we need...

Having a plan is not sufficient - urgent,coordinated action must be taken to avoid disaster in the agricultural sector

Khoisan people march to constitutional court

List of demands includes recognition of indigenous rights and the scrapping of apartheid racial classification as ‘coloured’

Eskom fails to approach courts in property ‘garbage sale’

The power utility said it would go to court to declare ownership of land not registered to it, but has not done so

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…