At least 26 dead in Guatemala mudslide, many missing

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At least 26 dead in Guatemala mudslide, many missing
A fireman carries the body of a child recovered from the site of a landslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The hill that towers over Cambray collapsed late Thursday after heavy rains, burying several houses with dirt, mud and rocks. Family members have reported 100 people missing, but the number could be as high as 600 based on at least 100 homes in the area of the slide, said Alejandro Maldonado, executive secretary of Conred, the country's emergency disaster agency. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
A fireman comforts a dog rescued from the site of a landslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The hill that towers over Cambray collapsed late Thursday after heavy rains, burying several houses with dirt, mud and rocks. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
A resident, hauling some of his belongings, watches rescue efforts after a landslide hit Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The hill that towers over Cambray collapsed late Thursday after heavy rains, burying several houses with dirt, mud and rocks. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Rescue workers carry survivor Rony Pu, rescued from the site of a landslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The hill that towers over Cambray collapsed late Thursday after heavy rains, burying several houses with dirt, mud and rocks. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Rescue workers carry survivor Rony Pu, rescued from the site of a landslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The hill that towers over Cambray collapsed late Thursday after heavy rains, burying several houses with dirt, mud and rocks. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Rescue workers search for survivors after a landslide hit Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The hill that towers over Cambray collapsed late Thursday after heavy rains, burying several houses with dirt, mud and rocks. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
A body is pulled from under the dirt by rescue workers after a mudslide in Santa Catarina Pinula, on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Heavy rain triggered a hillside to collapse on several of homes. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
A resident holds onto her photo album that she recovered from her home, damaged when hit by a landslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The hill that towers over Cambray collapsed late Thursday after heavy rains, burying several houses with dirt, mud and rocks. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Men pray during rescue efforts at the site of a landslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The hill that towers over Cambray collapsed late Thursday after heavy rains, burying several houses with dirt, mud and rocks. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Rescue workers respond after a mudslide in Santa Catarina Pinula, on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Heavy rain provoked a hillside to collapse, affecting dozens of homes. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Rescue workers carry survivor Rony Pu, rescued from the site of a landslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The hill that towers over Cambray collapsed late Thursday after heavy rains, burying several houses with dirt, mud and rocks. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
A rescue worker and resident dig into the earth in search of survivors after a mudslide in Santa Catarina Pinula, on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Heavy rain triggered a hillside to collapse on several homes. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Residents watch rescue efforts after a mudslide hit Santa Catarina Pinula, on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Heavy rain provoked a hillside to collapse on dozens of homes. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Rescue workers pick up shovels during rescue efforts for survivors after a mudslide in Santa Catarina Pinula, on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Heavy rain provoked a hillside to collapse on dozens of homes. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Rescue workers search for survivors of a mudslide in Santa Catarina Pinula, on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. Heavy rain triggered a hillside to collapse on several of homes. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Firemen carry a body recovered from the site of a landslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The hill that towers over Cambray collapsed late Thursday after heavy rains, burying several houses with dirt, mud and rocks. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
A resident holds up a photo of his neighbors to show rescue workers during a search for survivors at the site of a landslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The hill that towers over Cambray collapsed late Thursday after heavy rains, burying several houses with dirt, mud and rocks. Family members have reported 100 people missing, but the number could be as high as 600 based on at least 100 homes in the area of the slide, said Alejandro Maldonado, executive secretary of Conred, the country's emergency disaster agency. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Rescue workers and firemen search for survivors at the the site of a landslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The hill that towers over Cambray collapsed late Thursday after heavy rains, burying several houses with dirt, mud and rocks. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
Friends and relatives wait for information outside a provisional morgue where the bodies recovered from the site of a landslide have been taken, in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The hill that towers over the Santa Catarina Pinula neighborhood known as Cambray, collapsed late Thursday after heavy rains, burying several houses with dirt, mud and rocks. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)
Volunteer firemen carry a body recovered from the mud and debris after a landslide late Thursday, following heavy rains, covered part of the village of El Cambray II, in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, some 15 km east of Guatemala City, on October 2, 2015. At least nine people were killed and about 600 others missing following a landslide that damaged some 125 homes on the outskirts of the Guatemalan capital, an official said Friday, noting that the death toll could rise as rescue efforts continue. AFP PHOTO / JOHAN ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Rony Pu is rescued alive after a landslide at Cambray village, in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, Guatemala on October 2, 2015. The landslide destroyed 60 houses killing at least seven people and injurering 25. An unquantified missing people were reported. AFP PHOTO / Johan ORDONEZAFP PHOTO / Johan ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers carry a children victim of a landslide at Cambray village, in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, Guatemala on October 2, 2015. At least seven people are dead and about 100 others missing following a landslide that damaged some 125 homes on the outskirts of the Guatemalan capital, an official said Friday. AFP PHOTO / Johan ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers and residents search for victims after a landslide at the village of El Cambray II, in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, some 15 km east of Guatemala City, on October 2, 2015. At least seven people are dead and about 100 others missing following a landslide that damaged some 125 homes on the outskirts of the Guatemalan capital, an official said Friday. AFP PHOTO / JOHAN ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- A rain-sodden hillside about 300 feet (100 meters) high collapsed onto a neighborhood on the outskirts of Guatemala's capital with a roar and wave of sudden darkness, killing at least 26 people and sending 36 to hospitals.

Family members have reported 100 people missing, but the number could be as high as 600 based on at least 100 homes in the area of the slide, said Alejandro Maldonado, executive secretary of Conred, the country's emergency disaster agency.

Hundreds of rescue workers used shovels and backhoes in a desperate effort to reach survivors Friday, pulling one man alive from the rubble of his collapsed home more than 15 hours after the landslide hit late Thursday.

Julio Sanchez, spokesman for Guatemala's volunteer firefighters, said the dead, including two babies, were carried to an improvised morgue where weeping relatives identified their bodies, and families had shown up looking for people who hadn't been accounted for. He 36 people were taken to hospitals with injuries.

Among the bodies, rescuers found a mother embracing her two girls, said Carlos Turcios, a doctor who saw them when he came to help the rescue.

The hill that towers over Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles (15 kilometers) east of Guatemala City, partly collapsed onto a 200-foot (60-meter) stretch of the hamlet just before midnight, burying an estimated 68 homes.

Housewife Dulce del Carmen Lavarenzo Pu, 28, had just returned from church Thursday night when the wave of mud swept down just 150 feet (50 meters) from her home.

"I heard this terrible noise and everything began to shake," Lavarenzo Pu said. "Everything went black, because the lights went out."

Raul Rodas, an assistant village mayor, said about 150 families had lived in the area where the mudslide occurred, but didn't know how many might be trapped.

The man pulled alive from the wreckage, Rony Pu, 23, was rescued from a home near the edge of mudflow. But at its center, the landslide buried houses under a layer of rocks and earth as much as 50 feet (15 meters) deep.

Early in the day, Marleni Pu, 25, stood at the edge of the mudslide, her face swollen with weeping.

"My uncles, my cousins, my nieces and nephews are all there," she said, looking across the field of debris where about two dozen relatives had lived. "Six houses where my relatives lived are all under the hillside now."

Then searchers dug out her relative, Rony Ramos, and took him on a stretcher to a hospital. He had apparently been trapped in an air pocket, face down and unable to move. Authorities originally identified him as Ronny Pu.

"When our personnel were searching through the rubble, they heard a voice," said rescue worker Cecilio Chacaj. "They located the man, who was buried about two meters (six feet) under rubble."

He said rescuers worked frantically for five hours with jackhammers and saws to free Pu.

Some of the untouched homes in Cambray, which sits on the edge of a small river, were abandoned by their owners for fear of further mudslides.

Sanchez, the firefighter spokesman, said the dead included Quani Bonilla, 18, who played on the national squash team.

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