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Major landslide claims 186 lives so far, Guatemala

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The number of deaths reported from a major landslide in Santa Catarina Pinula, Guatemala is still on the rise, media reported.

Video credit: Euro News

Severe rainstorms that battered the small town in Guatemala, about 17 km (10 miles) east of Guatemala City have triggered a massive landslide in the area on October 2, as the side of a towering hill broke loose suddenly and crashed down on the village.

Heavy rainfall on the evening of October 2 is thought to have triggered the landslide by sweeping boulders and mud over a number of houses in the town, media reports. About 125 homes have been reported devastated, and the death toll was continuously rising since.

By October 6, 186 bodies were recovered, while many more remain missing, according to Guatemala's public ministry.

Featured image: Drone footage of a massive landslide, Guatemala, October 6, 2015. Image credit: Euro News

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