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Guatemalans face aftermath of storm Agatha

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Guatemalans face aftermath of storm Agatha


A huge sinkhole has swallowed an entire factory in the centre of Guatemala City.

No deaths have been confirmed although one witness said he saw two people fall into it when the land collapsed.

The hole, which is thought to be 20 metres deep, was triggered by the heavy rains of tropical storm Agatha.

Thousands remain homeless and dozens are still missing following the season’s first severe downpour.

Guatemala’s president flew over the flooded landscape to see the extent of the damage for himself.

Nearly 125,000 people have been forced from their homes and rescue crews are struggling to reach isolated communities to distribute food and water.

Landslides are said to have caused the deaths of at least 150 people.

In neighbouring Honduras fewer people have died – 17 at the last count – but more are missing.

El Salvador was also badly hit with 95 per cent of the country’s roads affected by landslides.

Central America is vulnerable to heavy rains because of its mountainous terrain – clearing up after Agatha is likely to take some time.

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