Heavy rains triggered a landslide in Guatemala’s capital early Monday, sweeping several humble homes into a river and leaving three people dead and at least 15 people missing, including 10 minors.
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Guatemala’s National Disaster Reduction Coordinator confirmed the three dead, including a young girl, in a statement on Monday.
The 5-year-old girl was pulled by firefighters partially buried in debris and mud about 3 miles down the Naranjo River.
The landslide washed away six houses and the families living in them around 2 a.m. Around 5 a.m. firefighters announced they would begin an investigation.
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Landslides are a constant threat during Guatemala’s rainy season, which runs until November. There are few controls on where people build their homes, especially in poor settlements, putting them at greater risk.
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Images provided by rescuers showed a long path of the landslide and evidence of domestic life scattered along the river bank. The military set up a command center to oversee the rescue effort.