73 killed, hundreds feared buried under Guatemala landslide (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
Little hope remains for around 350 people who are still missing after the hillside collapsed on Thursday night, with search teams and the local population tirelessly digging up the affected area of Santa Catarina Pinula.
“Hope is the last thing you lose, so we hope to find someone alive,” said Guatemala’s defense minister Williams Mansilla, though he said the possibility of finding a breathing person was very low as some of the houses had been covered up in up to 15 meters of soil.
Por orden del Jefe del Departamento de Tránsito grupo de Agentes apoya en Cambray II, Santa Catarina Pinula. pic.twitter.com/dfrQq3Rd29— Transito PNC (@DTransitoPNC) October 3, 2015
One person was found alive on Saturday as around 1,800 volunteers, soldiers and firemen continue searching for the missing.
Área del desastre. El Cambray II. Santa Catarina Pinula pic.twitter.com/vHqiOk8ZG7— William Poroj (@WilliPoroj_gtv) October 3, 2015
On Thursday night, following heavy rain, a massive landslide tore through the village of El Cambray II, in the municipality of Santa Catarina Pinula, destroying or damaging 125 homes.
The official death toll from the disaster now stands at 73 people, including 17 children, according to the Attorney General’s office.