Guatemala Mudslide Deaths Rise, Rescue Hopes Dim

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Hopes of rescuing people buried beneath landslides in Guatemala have begun to fade. 

So far, 45 people have died from back-to-back mudslides, and many more people are still missing.
     
A tropical depression over the weekend set off 15 landslides over a 48-hour period. Trapped vehicles are making rescue efforts difficult.

"We are very worried seeing these tragedies which are the result of the severe weather changes affecting us," Guatemalan Vice President Rafael Espada said. "It is a high risk; we have to check the roads, secure the critical spots."

Espada said there will be an investigation to determine if faulty road construction may have been a contributing factor in the landslides.

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