Guatemalan officials are reporting at least 38 dead as a result of torrential rains that have triggered landslides in the country. President Alvaro Colom has declared a national emergency in the country.
There have been at least 15 different mudslides that have occurred along the Inter-American highway burying cars and even rescue workers. The first mudslide buried a bus enroute from the capital, Guatemala City to Mexico – that incident resulted in 12 deaths. There are reports also that at least 60 people are missing along the same highway. The highway has been closed until rains subside and rescue efforts can continue safely.