Tragedy Guatemalan Landslide Death Toll Rises To 30 and 600 People Still Missing

A spokesman for fire services said on Friday the death toll from a landslide in Guatemala on Thursday night has risen to at least 30 people.

Earlier, authorities in Guatemala said up to 600 people were missing.

The disaster happened after heavy rain swept boulders and mud over dozens of homes in Santa Catarina Pinula on the southeastern flank of Guatemala City.

According to Yahoo! News, dozens of rescue workers, police, soldiers and neighbors clawed away at the mud and debris searching for survivors all day Friday. Authorities say thirty-four people have been rescued so far.

The estimate of 600 missing is based on the number of homes destroyed by the landslide. Families have reported receiving text messages from people they believed to still be trapped.

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