Over 200 killed by Landslide in Guatemala

Over 200 killed by Landslide in Guatemala

By last Friday, 220 people were confirmed dead in the town of Santa Catarina Pinula, 12 miles off the Guatemalan capital, due to the catastrophe that happened on October 1st, 2015 [1].  Overwhelming amounts of rain caused tons of rock and earth sediments to slide down and crush houses, trapping hundreds of residents inside their homes.  350 people are still missing[2]. However, according to Sergio Cabanas, a senior official at disaster agency CONRED, few survivors are expected to be found. [3]

Authorities are yet to find where the responsibility lies for the negligence that permitted houses be built in a dangerous terrain that lies at the bottom of a deep ravine. Guatemala had a similar catastrophe in 2005, in Panabj, where hundreds were confirmed dead [4].

by Gianluca Minardi ’17