Photo: Mudslide in Guatemala
At least six people died, three went missing and seven were injured Saturday in a mudslide in a northwestern region of Guatemala due to torrential rains, a local official said.
The Conred emergency management service said the tragedy occurred in the village of Joya Grande in the municipality of San Pedro Necta, Huehuetenango province, near the Mexican border.
Rescue units have been dispatched to the area of the incident to join the search for the three missing persons, the emergency management service said.
Conred said that seven homes were buried under mud that collapsed down the mountainside onto the village below due to downpours in the region.
Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina told reporters, after taking part in an event outside the National Palace of Culture, that his government has already sent aid for those left homeless.
“Unfortunately, it hasn’t stopped raining since Thursday,” the president said, adding that Vice President Roxana Baldetti was unable to enter Huehuetenango on Friday due to the bad weather.
“This morning I got the terrible news that some people have been killed and 17 homes have been destroyed. It’s terrible because these are the first rains” of the season, the president said.
Perez Molina said that his government is following up on the situation to provide aid for the homeless families.