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El Salvador: At least 7 killed and over 35 missing in Nejapa landslide04:11

El Salvador: At least 7 killed and over 35 missing in Nejapa landslide

El Salvador, Nejapa
October 31, 2020 at 02:12 GMT +00:00 · Published

At least seven people died, including two children, and 35 people remain missing in a landslide that buried some 60 homes in the town of Nejapa, near San Salvador, on Friday.

Footage shows the damage caused by the landslide, to emergency services carrying victims and looking for survivors at the site, as well as residents searching for their belongings among the debris.

The mudslide, which was caused by heavy rains in recent hours, is reportedly about four kilometres long.

Salvadoran Minister of the Interior Mario Duran went to the scene and denounced the precarious situation of "necessity" of the victims, which forced them to live in the ravines and rivers with the risk of flooding and landslides in case of heavy rains. He blamed previous governments for what happened since they "never had the intention of helping these people."

Authorities also reported that rescue efforts will continue over the next few hours, as the possibility of finding people alive remains.

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At least seven people died, including two children, and 35 people remain missing in a landslide that buried some 60 homes in the town of Nejapa, near San Salvador, on Friday.

Footage shows the damage caused by the landslide, to emergency services carrying victims and looking for survivors at the site, as well as residents searching for their belongings among the debris.

The mudslide, which was caused by heavy rains in recent hours, is reportedly about four kilometres long.

Salvadoran Minister of the Interior Mario Duran went to the scene and denounced the precarious situation of "necessity" of the victims, which forced them to live in the ravines and rivers with the risk of flooding and landslides in case of heavy rains. He blamed previous governments for what happened since they "never had the intention of helping these people."

Authorities also reported that rescue efforts will continue over the next few hours, as the possibility of finding people alive remains.

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