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2006-06-21 07:10:00

Mica Rosenberg PANABAJ, Guatemala -- Homeless since a mudslide last year turned her Mayan village into a mass grave, Guatemalan widow Antonia Garcia has twice fled her plastic emergency shelter from the torrents of a new rainy season. Cramped into shelters yards from where up to 1,400 people were buried under a collapsed mountainside last October, she and nearly 300 other families waiting for new housing fear they could meet the same fate any time the rain thunders down. "People are scared,"...

2005-10-16 14:08:29

By Eduardo Garcia PANABAJ, Guatemala (Reuters) - Doctors fear that overcrowding and septic water could lead to a rash of illness among survivors of a landslide that swept away their Maya Indian village this month. Thousands of people from Panabaj have crammed into churches and houses in the nearby village of Santiago and other towns while the government races to build temporary shelters. "The worst problem now is the risk of epidemics," Alfonso Verdu, coordinator of Doctors Without...

2005-10-12 18:51:01

By Catherine Bremer QUETZALTENANGO, Guatemala (Reuters) - Army helicopters and aid trucks ferried food and water on Wednesday to Guatemalan highland villages where thousands are packed into shelters, their homes swallowed by mudslides last week. Service stations in the country's mountainous west were out of gasoline and fresh food supplies ran short, with swathes of farmland in the south still under water and roads cut off by banks of mud or wrecked bridges. "Guatemala is in crisis....

2005-10-11 16:16:36

By Catherine Bremer TACANA, Guatemala (Reuters) - Villagers mourned their dead on Tuesday and sprinkled lime over the mass graves of hundreds buried in huge mudslides, putting a seal on the latest tragedy to hit Guatemala's Maya Indians. At the edge of this town in the high mountains of western Guatemala, rescuers in the hamlet of Cua called off attempts to recover more victims from the mudslide that swallowed two churches, a school and a communal dining room on Thursday. "We pulled...

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...


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