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Heavy rains set off a landslide in Guatemala’s capital early Monday sweeping several humble homes into a river and leaving three people dead and at least 15 people missing, including 10 minors.
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Guatemala’s National Disaster Reduction Coordinator confirmed the three dead, including a young girl, in a statement Monday.
The 5-year-old girl was recovered by firefighters partially buried in debris and mud some 3 miles down the Naranjo river.
The Naranjo River flows through the “Dios es fiel” shanty outside Guatemala City, Guatemala, Monday, Sept. 25, 2023. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
The landslide swept away six homes and the families who lived in them around 2 a.m. Around 5 a.m. the firefighters announced they would start a search.
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Landslides are a constant threat during Guatemala’s rainy season, which extends to November. There are few controls on where people build their homes, especially in poor settlements, putting them at greater risk.
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Images provided by rescuers showed a long path of the landslide and evidence of domestic life strewn along the river bank. The military set up a command center to oversee the rescue effort.