UPDATE: Yesterday’s mudslide outside of Oaxaca City where many were feared dead was less deadly than originally thought. When rescue workers were finally able to access the village of Santa Maria de Tlahuitoltepec they reported four dead and 11 missing. The early morning mudslide occurred after heavy rains was expected to have 500 to 1,000 victims since some 300 homes were buried by the mudslide. The rescue effort was hampered as heavy rains continued to produce unstable ground.
ORIGINAL STORY: The Governor of Oaxaca, Mexico, Ulises Ruiz, has issued a statement that a early morning mudslide due to heavy rains occurred in Santa Maria de Tlahuitoltepec burying everywhere from 500 to 1,000 villagers. Emergency personnel from Mexico City is being flown in to aid in the rescue and open roads that have been closed due to rivers overflowing. Santa Maria is 50 miles east of Oaxaca city.
Televisa is reporting that a 650 foot wide hill collapsed around 4:00 am on some 300 houses in the village trapping many while they slept.