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Large landslide kills at least 11 people in Huehuetenango, Guatemala

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A large landslide caused by heavy rains hit Guatemala's municipality of San Pedro Soloma, department of Huehuetenango, at 05:30 (local time) on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, killing at least 11 people.

According to CONRED, a part of a hillside collapsed, spilled onto a highway and buried one small bus, a truck and at least six homes. Ten of the fatalities were in the bus, and at least one more was inside one of the homes. Nine people were injured, but it is still not clear how many people were in the houses, it said.

"Emergency services are working with local officials to establish how many homes may have been buried and how many people are missing," CONRED added.

CONRED spokesman Julio Sanches said neighbors were being removed from the area due to the risk that another slide could occur.

Featured image: Landslide in Guatemala on June 20, 2017. Credit: David de Zabedrosky

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