At least nine people have been killed and one is missing after a landslide triggered by torrential rain hit a poor shantytown in Villa Nueva municipality, just south of the Guatemala City. The landslide hit Tuesday night local time, September 6, 2016.
David de Leon, a spokesman for the national disaster management office, said the landslide was exacerbated when a truck pitched off a nearby road and plowed into a group of houses. Nine homes were damaged in all, 45 people were affected.
"The landslide claimed nine lives. One person is in the hospital and another is missing," de Leon said. The missing person is an 8-year-old child.
Cuerpos de socorro trabajan en Villa Nueva para localizar a un menor desaparecido. 9 fallecidos y dos heridos pic.twitter.com/YFA5HDc3Tj
— Rony Rios (@rrios_elP) September 7, 2016
Guatemala's rainy season lasts from May to November and causes deadly disasters nearly every year. So far this year, 11 people have died.
Last year, at least 290 people died. Most of them in a huge landslide that nearly swallowed an entire neighborhood on the east side of Guatemala City.
72 hours of rainfall accumulation ending 15:00 UTC on September 9, 2016. Credit: NASA/TRMM
Villa Nueva is a municipality in the Guatemala Department of Guatemala, located 16 km (10 miles) south of Guatemala City. It has a population of about 710 00 people, making it the second largest city in the department
Featured image: Landslide in Villa Nueva by Waler Pena via El Periodico
If you value what we do here, create your ad-free account and support our journalism.
Your support makes a difference
Dear valued reader,
We hope that our website has been a valuable resource for you.
The reality is that it takes a lot of time, effort, and resources to maintain and grow this website. We rely on the support of readers like you to keep providing high-quality content.
If you have found our website to be helpful, please consider making a contribution to help us continue to bring you the information you need. Your support means the world to us and helps us to keep doing what we love.
Support us by choosing your support level – Silver, Gold or Platinum. Other support options include Patreon pledges and sending us a one-off payment using PayPal.
Thank you for your consideration. Your support is greatly appreciated.