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At least 131 killed in Guatemala landslide, hundreds missing

Update: October, 05/2015 - 11:20

SANTA CATARINA PINULA, Guatemala – At least 131 people were killed in mudslides that smashed into a village outside Guatemala City, officials said on Sunday, three days after the disaster struck the Central American nation.

"Unfortunately, a new count shows that there are 131 confirmed dead and recovered," and still about 300 people missing and unaccounted for, said volunteer fire brigade spokesman Julio Sanchez.

He told reporters that several young children, including newborn babies, were among the dead in Santa Catarina Pinula.

On Thursday night, following heavy rain, waterlogged earth and debris tore through the village of El Cambray II, in the municipality of Santa Catarina Pinula, destroying or damaging at least 125 homes.

Relatives of the missing checked in at a makeshift morgue set up next to the buried homes.

Municipal authorities had urged the community, about 15km east of the capital Guatemala City, to relocate several times, most recently in November of last year.--AFP

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