Mudslide Destroys Homes, Kills Three Members in Guatemala
A mudslide triggered by flash flooding in Guatemala killed three Church members last week.
A total of 23 people in San Antonia Senahu, a city 220 miles (355 km) northeast of Guatemala City, died in the slide on June 15. Many others are reported missing and are feared dead. The wife and two children of a counselor in the district presidency were among those killed.
Four Church member families in the town lost their homes, and as many as 10 additional member families have been temporarily displaced. An unknown number of homes in the community have been destroyed. The local Church meetinghouse has been opened as a temporary shelter for displaced residents.
Under direction from the Area Presidency, representatives from the area office brought blankets, basic food, and medical supplies and assessed relief needs in the area. Additional humanitarian assistance for the community is being evaluated.
The four missionaries serving in the area are safe. There are no reports of damage to Church buildings or property.
An active rainy season has saturated the region, causing the mudslide and increased erosion. Five years ago, a mudslide in the same community killed 13 people.