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Guatemala: Five still missing after deadly landfill collapse in Guatemala City01:29

Guatemala: Five still missing after deadly landfill collapse in Guatemala City

Guadeloupe, Guatemala City
April 29, 2016 at 01:47 GMT +00:00 · Published

Rescue workers continued to search for survivors in a Guatemala City rubbish dump on Thursday after part of the landfill site collapsed on Wednesday following heavy rain. At least four people were killed and 15 others left injured in the incident and authorities believe that at least five people remain missing.

Three hundred police units alongside volunteers from Guatemala's Red Crescent were deployed to search the debris for survivors.

Rosaura Martir, a garbage picker whose son went missing during the incident, was among many others who were waiting to hear news of their relatives and friends. Describing the collapse, Martir said: "I am waiting for my son who disappeared yesterday. We were working together, and then the collapse happened and I didn't see him anymore. I looked for him but it didn't help. Now I'm waiting for news because rescue teams are working and I'm going to be here."

Authorities had called for an evacuation of the landfill site before the collapse took place, however many refused to leave. An estimated 1,000 people were reported to have been working at the site before the incident took place.

Guatemala: Five still missing after deadly landfill collapse in Guatemala City01:29
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Rescue workers continued to search for survivors in a Guatemala City rubbish dump on Thursday after part of the landfill site collapsed on Wednesday following heavy rain. At least four people were killed and 15 others left injured in the incident and authorities believe that at least five people remain missing.

Three hundred police units alongside volunteers from Guatemala's Red Crescent were deployed to search the debris for survivors.

Rosaura Martir, a garbage picker whose son went missing during the incident, was among many others who were waiting to hear news of their relatives and friends. Describing the collapse, Martir said: "I am waiting for my son who disappeared yesterday. We were working together, and then the collapse happened and I didn't see him anymore. I looked for him but it didn't help. Now I'm waiting for news because rescue teams are working and I'm going to be here."

Authorities had called for an evacuation of the landfill site before the collapse took place, however many refused to leave. An estimated 1,000 people were reported to have been working at the site before the incident took place.

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