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Guatemala landslides kill 54

09-06-2010 10:07 BJT

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The death toll from landslides in Guatemala has risen to 54. Officials in the country said that up to another 100 people may have been buried overnight by a second landslide on a major highway outside the capital.

According to the latest reports, a major landslide on the Inter American highway in the Alaska zone, west of Guatemala City, buried five vehicles and a passenger bus.

A second landslide reportedly occurred when the rescue teams were trying to dig out the victims buried by the first one.

Later, a third landslide hit the same highway but in a different section, reportedly killing 12 people and injuring 20 others.

President Colom declared on Saturday a state of national emergency. The Guatemalan government has evacuated more than 4,000 people and has estimated that 20,000 more are at risk.


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