Guatemala landslide buries bus, kills at least nine

GUATEMALA CITY, Sept 4 (BestGrowthStock) – A landslide on one of
Guatemala’s major highways buried a bus on Saturday, killing at
least nine people and injuring around 25 more, emergency
workers said.

Rescuers had to bring in heavy equipment to reach some of
the victims trapped in the bus, which was suddenly engulfed by
mud around 8 a.m. on the Inter-American highway 50 miles (80
km) outside of the capital.

Tropical weather systems in both the Pacific and the Gulf
of Mexico have triggered torrential rains throughout Guatemala
and southern Mexico.

Heavy flooding in the Mexican Gulf state of Tabasco forced
thousands of people from their homes. Authorities in
neighboring Chiapas and Oaxaca states, which border Guatemala,
and the Gulf state of Veracruz also reported serious flooding.

“The bad weather in the southeast has caused the worst
rainy season on record. We are marshaling aid for the affected
area,” wrote Mexican President Felipe Calderon on his Twitter
page.

The state power monopoly warned it would have to open
floodgates on some hydroelectric dams in the region to reduce
water levels, which would likely worsen flooding in some
low-lying areas.

No deaths were blamed on the flooding in Mexico.

Mexico’s state oil company Pemex [PEMX.UL], which has
extensive oil and gas operations in Tabasco state and offshore
in the Gulf of Mexico, reported no problems with production.
(Reporting by Sarah Grainger; Additional reporting by Miguel
Angel Gutierrez in Mexico City; Writing by Robert Campbell;
Editing by Eric Beech)

Guatemala landslide buries bus, kills at least nine