Latin America & Caribbean

Guatemala landslide kills three children

A man watches a river of mud in Santa Cruz Barillas
Image caption Five houses were swept away by the mudslide

Three children have been killed in a landslide in Guatemala, with at least 12 other people missing.

Police said two brothers and a sister, aged between four and seven, died when mud buried their home in Santa Cruz Barillas, in the north-western state of Huehuetenango.

The children's mother and their three-month old brother survived.

The landslide happened a day after four earthquakes, shook the south of the country in quick succession.

Rescuers are searching for a dozen or so people feared buried under the rock and earth that fell on homes in Santa Cruz Barillas.

Landslides are not uncommon in Guatemala.

Last September, the government declared a state of emergency after days of rain caused widespread flooding and landslides.

The worst landslide in 2010 buried a packed bus as it travelled on the main Inter-American highway, killing 10.

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