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Search in Guatemala landslide ends with 280 dead, 70 missing

Reuters , Wednesday 14 Oct 2015
Guatemala mudslide
A police officer stands guard at the site of a mudslide that killed more than 250 people in Cambray on the outskirts of Guatemala City Oct. 4, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)
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Guatemalan rescue crews suspended their search for victims of a massive landslide earlier this month, with the toll at 280 dead and 70 missing, disaster agency Conred said on Tuesday, drastically reducing its estimate for the number feared lost in the tragedy.

Tons of earth, rock and trees buried entire families alive after a hillside collapsed on part of the town of Santa Catarina Pinula, on the outskirts of Guatemala City. Local search crews spent 12 days trying to find victims beneath the rubble.

In the days that followed, authorities gave fluctuating estimates on how many people were unaccounted for after the disaster. As recently as Friday, with the death toll at 253, Conred said there were still 374 people missing.

However, authorities said they made a new calculation using data from the municipal land registry, the local power company and testimony from neighbors and other sources.

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