Guatemala landslide kills 11 people

  • 21/06/2017
Police attend the deadly landslide.
Police attend the deadly landslide. Photo credit: PNC Guatemala

At least 11 people have died in western Guatemala after heavy rains caused a mudslide that swamped homes, spilled onto a highway and buried two buses, emergency services say.

The buses were hit early on Tuesday following the collapse of part of a hillside in the municipality of San Pedro Soloma, national disaster centre Conred said in a statement.

Ten of the fatalities were in a bus that was buried, and another was inside one of the homes, Conred added. Nine people were injured, it said.

Emergency services were working with local officials to establish how many homes may have been buried and how many people are missing, the statement noted.

In 2015, at least 280 people were killed in a landslide 15km east of Guatemala City.