Death toll in Guatemala slide reaches 253, with 374 missing

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GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — The death toll from the mammoth landslide that buried a neighborhood on the outskirts of Guatemala’s capital has risen to 253 as the search for victims enters its second week. Nearly 400 people were still missing Friday.

Deputy hospitals minister Israel Lemus said officials still had not decided to suspend the search in Santa Catarina Pinula, but planned to meet to discuss it on Monday.

Alejandro Maldonado, executive director of the National Disaster Reduction Commission, said the current count of missing people stood at 374. He said 184 homes were affected.

Maldonado said the decision to stop or continue looking for bodies would be based on the risk to search crews.

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