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Landslides After Heavy Rains Cause Death in Guatemala

Categories: Latin America, Guatemala, Citizen Media, Disaster

Heavy rains on the early hours of Saturday, May 31, 2014 in the Guatemalan municipality of San Pedro Necta [1], in the department of Huehuetenango [2], 312 kilometers North from the country capital, resulted in landslides that destroyed homes and caused at least six fatalities and three disappeared individuals, as reported by Conred [3] [es] (National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction):

Elementos de la quinta brigada de Conred, policías, gobernador departamental, bomberos y pobladores permanecen en el lugar para colaborar en la búsqueda de las personas que posiblemente quedaron soterradas.

Members of the Fifth Brigade of Conred, police officers, the department governor, firefighters and locals are still there to collaborate in the search for people who probaby remain buried.

According to an officer with Conred [3] [es], 2014 rain season started in April and may end in November:

Hasta el momento, la época de lluvias en Guatemala, que se inició en abril y se estima concluya en noviembre, ha afectado a unas 2 mil personas y estas son las primeras víctimas mortales de la temporada.

Up to now, the rain season in Guatemala, that started in April and it's estimate to end in November, has affected about 2,000 people and these are the first fatalities of the [present] season.