Forty people have been killed in a mudslide in Guatemala, the latest victims of Hurricane Stan which is slamming into Central America and southern Mexico. The tragedy struck in the Maya Indian highlands, a popular destination for US and European tourists.
As well as those who have died, at least 300 people have been injured. A total of 124 people have now been reported killed in Guatemala. At least 65 have died in El Salvador, 13 in Mexico, 10 in Nicaragua and four in Honduras. In El Salvador, most of the victims died in flooding in the capital, as torrents of water swept through densely populated neighbourhoods. Floodwaters have swept away about 50 bridges and an untold number of homes in Mexico. “We need support and help here,” said one resident in the city of Tapachula. “No one has come. We’re suffering. My children haven’t eaten today.” An estimated 25,000 residents have been displaced in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas.