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2005-10-11 15:13:54

By Frank Jack Daniel PANABAJ, Guatemala (Reuters) - When a volcano slope above their home collapsed, sisters Rosa and Elena Quicain were swept from the bed they share into a raging torrent of mud and rocks that became a mass grave for hundreds. Somehow, they survived it. The giant landslide, which killed up to 1,400 Maya Indians in the Guatemalan village of Panabaj last Wednesday, shattered their home, killed their mother and five siblings, and carried them 100 yards (metres)...

2005-10-11 13:45:46

By Frank Jack Daniel PANABAJ, Guatemala (Reuters) - When a volcano slope above their home collapsed, sisters Rosa and Elena Quicain were swept from the bed they share into a raging torrent of mud and rocks that became a mass grave for hundreds. Somehow, they survived it. The giant landslide, which killed up to 1,400 Maya Indians in the Guatemalan village of Panabaj last Wednesday, shattered their home, killed their mother and five siblings, and carried them 100 yards (metres)...

2005-10-11 06:41:13

By Frank Jack Daniel PANABAJ, Guatemala (Reuters) - Rescuers searching for up to 1,400 people buried when a landslide swept away a Maya Indian village finally gave up on Monday, leaving the victims to lie forever encased in a tomb of thick mud. Five days after a river of mud wiped Panabaj off Guatemala's map, firefighters called off the gruesome and dangerous rescue effort. "We're not going back tomorrow, it's just too contaminated in there," chief firefighter Mario Ramirez told...

2005-10-10 23:25:49

By Catherine Bremer TACANA, Guatemala (Reuters) - A landslide in western Guatemala that destroyed two churches and killed 80 people sheltering from fierce weather has emerged as the latest tragedy from Hurricane Stan to strike Central America. Efrain Hernandez, mayor of the town of Tacana on the Mexican border, told Reuters on Monday a torrent of mud loosened by rains had struck a poor neighborhood on Thursday. "My house is there but my family is not," cried Nelson Raymond, 18,...

2005-10-10 23:50:05

By Frank Jack Daniel PANABAJ, Guatemala (Reuters) - Rescuers searching for up to 1,400 people buried when a landslide swept away a Maya Indian village finally gave up on Monday, leaving the victims to lie forever encased in a tomb of thick mud. Five days after a river of mud wiped Panabaj off Guatemala's map, firefighters called off the gruesome and dangerous rescue effort. "We're not going back tomorrow, it's just too contaminated in there," chief firefighter Mario Ramirez told...

2005-10-10 15:09:10

By Frank Jack Daniel PANABAJ, Guatemala (Reuters) - Maya Indian villagers gave up hope on Monday of finding up to 1,400 victims buried in a huge mudslide in Guatemala even as sniffer dogs led a final, almost certainly futile search for miracle survivors. A fisherman in a dugout canoe found a dead 3-month-old boy in nearby Lake Atitlan. The baby apparently was swept into the water by the landslide that wiped out the village of Panabaj five days ago after heavy rains from Hurricane...

2005-10-10 12:50:45

By Frank Jack Daniel PANABAJ, Guatemala (Reuters) - Maya Indian villagers gave up hope on Monday of finding up to 1,400 victims buried under a huge mudslide triggered by Hurricane Stan, even as sniffer dogs led a final, almost certainly futile search for miracle survivors. More than a dozen vultures circled over the huge lake of mud that wiped out the village of Panabaj five days ago and firefighters choked on the thick stench coming from it. A Spanish search and rescue team used...

2005-10-10 11:56:02

By Frank Jack Daniel PANABAJ, Guatemala (Reuters) - Maya Indian villagers gave up hope on Monday of finding up to 1,400 victims buried under a huge mudslide triggered by Hurricane Stan, even as sniffer dogs led a final, almost certainly futile search for miracle survivors. More than a dozen vultures circled over the huge lake of mud that wiped out the village of Panabaj five days ago and firefighters choked on the thick stench coming from it. A Spanish search and rescue team used...

2005-10-09 20:19:55

By Frank Jack Daniel PANABAJ, Guatemala (Reuters) - Aid trickled into a Guatemalan village devastated by a mudslide that killed some 1,400 people, and Maya Indian residents complained on Sunday the government was far too slow to react to the tragedy. Peasants from neighboring villages brought clothing for the victims, rowing canoes across Lake Atitlan to Panabaj. The village was buried under a deadly slick of mud, rocks and trees that slid down a volcano after rains from Hurricane...

2005-10-09 17:15:09

By Frank Jack Daniel PANABAJ, Guatemala (Reuters) - Aid trickled into a Guatemalan village devastated by a mudslide that killed some 1,400 people, and Maya Indian residents complained on Sunday the government was far too slow to react to the tragedy. Peasants from neighboring villages brought coats and clothing for the victims, rowing canoes across Lake Atitlan to Panabaj. The town was buried under a deadly slick of mud, rocks and trees that slid down a volcano after heavy rains from...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'