Deadly landslide kills day workers on coffee farms
At least 45 people were killed and up to 140 others are missing after a hill slipped onto a road burying day workers on a coffee farm near the indigenous municipality of San Cristobal Verapaz, northern Guatemala.
The Guatemalan National Disaster Agency, CONRED, rescue workers watch a mudslide along a highway near the village of Aquil Grande, northern Guatemala, Monday, Jan. 5, 2009. The landslide occurred Sunday January 4, 2009.
It is believed that the massive landslide, which brought down an estimated 25 million tonnes of mud and rock, was caused by a geological fault.
Two people were reportedly killed in an earlier landslide along the same highway in December, as a result of which the road had been partially blocked.