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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Heavy Rain Caused by Hurricane Eta Causes Landslides in Guatemala, at least 50 Dead

More than 50 people died in landslides that occurred in indigenous territories in northwestern Guatemala after Hurricane Eta inundated the region with heavy rain.

More than 50 people died in landslides that occurred in indigenous territories in northwestern Guatemala after Hurricane Eta inundated the region with heavy rain.

“In the morning we had four dead, now the figure is over 50 dead,” said President Alejandro Giammattei.

Guatemala’s disaster relief agency Conred said that 15 homes in the town of San Cristobal Verapaz have been covered in mud and had the most dead. 

Among the 50 casualties, 10 were registered in  Huehuetenango while 1,500 families are still awaiting rescue in a farm in Izabal.

Giammattei said that they are mobilizing all the support they have to provide support and rescue villagers that were buried in the landslides.

Due to the heavy rain and strong winds, rescue workers were still unable to reach the worst-affected areas.

The US National Hurricane Center said Eta is still causing heavy rains and l flooding over parts of Central America as it moves slowly north-east towards Cuba and Florida.

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