Four die in Guatemala landslides caused by Eta

Four die in Guatemala landslides caused by Eta

Friday, November 06, 2020

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GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala (AFP) — At least four people, including two children, died in landslides as Tropical Depression Eta powered through Guatemala after wreaking devastation in parts of neighbouring Central American countries, officials said yesterday.

The deaths brought the toll in Central America to eight after Eta tore into northern Nicaragua as a category four hurricane on Tuesday, causing mudslides that killed two miners, as well as two young girls in neighbouring Honduras.

The children in Guatemala, aged two and 11, died in the village of Los Triagles, in the country’s northern Quiche department, when a landslide swept away their family dwelling, said David de Leon of the Disaster Reduction Coordinating Committee (CONRED).

Another person died in a village in the same region, where two other people are reported missing.

The fourth victim died in Chinaulta, just north of Guatemala City.

Eta devastated coastal areas of northern Nicaragua before weakening to a tropical depression by Wednesday as it pushed north through Honduras, Guatemala and Costa Rica.

However, the US National Hurricane Center continued to warn of “life-threatening flash flooding” over portions of Central America.

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