UPDATED: Giant sinkhole in Guatemala swallows factory

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATED @ 1:08 p.m. GUATEMALA CITY (AP) - Rural villagers in Central America are using hoes and pick axes to look for victims of landslides.

Tropical Storm Agatha and its aftermath have left at least 179 people dead.

In Guatemala, the country hardest hit by the season's first tropical storm, officials in the capital are dealing with a vast sinkhole that swallowed a clothing factory but caused no deaths or injuries. Authorities say it was caused by water from the storm.

Thousands of people are still homeless, and dozens are missing. Rescue crews are trying to reach isolated communities to distribute food and water.

Officials in Guatemala reported 152 dead but said 100 people were still missing.

Nearly 125,000 people were evacuated in Guatemala and thousands more fled their homes in neighboring Honduras, where the death toll is up to 17.

Ten others died in El Salvador.
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GUATEMALA CITY (AP) - Dozens of people are still missing in Central America where flooding and landslides from the season's first tropical storm have killed at least 150.

More than 100,000 people have been evacuated just in hardest-hit Guatemala, which lists at least 123 dead and 90 missing in the wake of Tropical Storm Agatha.

Emergency crews are still struggling to reach isolated communities cut off by washed-out roads and collapsed bridges.

Volunteers have worked nonstop since Sunday to recover bodies.

Thousands more fled their homes in Honduras and El Salvador. At least 17 people died in Honduras, where more rain is forecast, and 10 died in El Salvador.

Rescue efforts in Guatemala have been complicated by a volcanic eruption Thursday near the capital that blanketed parts of the area with ash.
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