The Santa Catarina Pinula, Guatemala City, landslide reports initially began on Oct. 2, 2015. Reuters updated the death toll on Oct. 3, 2015, at 4:38 p.m. EDT. The current fatality count is 59. However, Prensa Libre, a newspaper published in Guatemala City, reports the number found dead to be 62 people.
The rescue workers are still digging through the rubble of rocks, earth, trees, and homes searching for hundreds still missing. Family members are among the 600 people searching for victims.
One of the local firefighters, Irving Vargas, told reporters, “As the hours go by, we are losing hope. We haven’t pulled anyone out alive in quite a while.”
Ana Maria Escobar is among those waiting for news. She has 21 missing family members and so far only her sister-in-law ‘s body has been found. Many other families are lined up outside the temporary morgue waiting to determine if any of they recognize any of those recovered.
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By Cathy Milne
Edited by Leigh Haugh
Reuters: Hope fading, rescuers, dig for survivors in Guatemala landslide
International Business Times: Guatemala Mudslide Update: Death Toll Rises In Santa Catarina Pinula With Hundreds Still Missing
Prensa Libre: The avalanche destroyed the colony Cambray 2 Santa Catarina Pinula
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