The Salvadoran government announced on Sunday morning that at least 12 people have been killed in a massive landslide sparked by heavy rains in the country, while more than 30 others are suspected missing under the deluge of mud.
At least 12 people have been killed in a massive landslide sparked by heavy rains., while more than 30 others are suspected missing under the deluge of mud.
President Nayib Bukele told reporters that the mudslide hit the village of Los Angelitos in the municipality of Nejapa on Saturday night, less than 10 miles north of the capital city.
Bukele pointed out that natural disaster took place after overnight rains loosened the earth on the flanks of the famous San Salvador volcano.
Authorities said there were four children among the 12 dead.
“At about 11 o’clock at night there was thunder and suddenly, we felt like there was a quake, it was when (the landslide) was coming. But (it) had already reached my daughter’s house. We managed to get out, but we couldn’t get to her” a Los Angelitos resident named Ricarda Sibrian, told CNN en Español, pointing out she had lost her daughter, granddaughter and son-in-law.