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Guatemala mudslide death toll rises to 56

Published 03/10/2015

A vehicle sits crushed by debris caused by a mudslide in Cambray (AP)
A vehicle sits crushed by debris caused by a mudslide in Cambray (AP)

The number of people killed when a hillside collapsed on a group of homes in Guatemala has risen to 56.

Emergency official Julio Sanchez said that besides the dead, officials estimate that 350 people remain missing. Mr Sanchez is a spokesman for Guatemala's volunteer firefighters.

The previous death toll was 30 and estimates of the number of missing had been as high as 600.

Rescue specialists from the Red Cross and fire and police departments were using dogs to search for possible survivors in the mudslide zone on the outskirts of Guatemala City, where tons of earth fell over some 125 homes, authorities from the region estimate.

After suspending work on Friday evening, search efforts resumed at dawn.

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