Thursday, April 28, 2016

At least 2 dead, 20 missing in Guatemala trash dump landslide

At least two people died and 20 are missing Wednesday in a landslide at a trash dump in this capital but four of other people were rescued, Volunteer Firefighter spokesman Julio Sanchez told EFE.

The landslide occurred after heavy rains, emergency workers at the site said, adding that they are trying to recover the bodies of the two known fatalities.

Sanchez said that the rescued people, who sustained light injuries after being “partially buried” in the landfill about 2:50 p.m., were transported to the San de Dios Hospital.

At least eight Volunteer Firefighter units, along with 300 National Civil Police officers, are working at the site of the landslide to rescue victims or recover bodies.

The area is in a “very problematic” and “risky” part of the landfill since it is a swampy zone that heavy rains make even more dangerous, the spokesman said.

According to Conred disaster reduction department, 232 zones – where some 300,000 people live – in metropolitan Guatemala City are considered “risky” because they are located on hillsides or in ravines.

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