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Guatemala landslide kills 45, with 140 missing

Posted by feww on January 6, 2009

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.

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