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Mudslides devastate Guatemala

Sep 6, 2010 12:12:00 AM - thestate.com

Torrential rains from a tropical depression caused landslides that have killed at least 38 people in Guatemala – some of them rescuers trying to save people already buried under a wall of mud.

In the village of Nahuala, about 200 rescue workers suspended the search for bodies Sunday afternoon after heavy rain fell in the area, Civil Protection spokesman David de Leon said.

Two slides in the same spot in the town of Nahuala killed at least 20 along a highway leading northwest of the capital toward Mexico. Another slide closer to Guatemala City killed at least 12.

“We will return when the rain ceases,” De Leon said. “It is difficult and dangerous to continue with the search.”

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