Up to 1,400 people may have died in a village in Guatemala. Triggered by Tropical Storm Stan, an avalanche of mud, rocks and trees crashed into Panabaj, burying men, women and children. With hopes fading that any survivors will be found, authorities are considering declaring the site a mass grave. Officially, Guatemala’s death toll is some 650 people but it is feared the number is much higher.
The storm claimed over 100 other lives in the rest of Central America and southern Mexico. Rainfall and mudslides have left dozens of villages in Guatemala cut off. Officials representing those affected have slammed the national government, saying the help it has offered is too little too late.