69 killed in Guatemala landslide; hundreds may be missing

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Relatives attend the burial of 17-year-old Pamela Perez, victim of Thursday's landslide, at the municipal cemetery in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, some 15 km east of Guatemala City, on Saturday. Rescuers resumed a desperate search Saturday for several hundred people believed missing in a village landslide on the outskirts of Guatemala's capital, which left at least 32 dead. (Photo: JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

SANTA CATARINA PINULA, Guatemala – At least 69 people are dead and many more are missing after a massive landslide covered much of a town in Guatemala, according to the nation’s Public Ministry.

The rain-soaked side of a hill crashed down onto El Cambray, burying dozens of homes, said Alejandro Maldonado, National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction.

Dozens of rescue workers and volunteers searched all day Friday in the mud and debris for survivors and victims.

“The figure we are using as potentially missing — and I want to emphasize that this is an estimate — is of 600 people missing,” Maldonado said. Many people in El Cambray did not heed a warning to evacuate, he said.

El Cambray is located about 10 miles east of Guatemala City.