Tuesday, June 1, 2010
...Crazy: Tropical Storm Hits Guatemala, Sinkhole To Nowhere...
This is terrible yet amazing. The 2nd sinkhole to occur in 2 months, only difference is this one doesn't have an end to it. Swallowing up a 3-story building, with nothing in sight.
- Officials say flooding and landslides from the season's first tropical storm have killed at least 144 people in Central America.
Dozens are still missing, thousands have lost homes and emergency crews are struggling to reach isolated communities cut off by washed-out roads and collapsed bridges caused by Tropical Storm Agatha.
In hardest-hit Guatemala, where downpours created a giant sinkhole in Guatemala City, officials reported 120 dead and at least 53 missing.
The sinkhole swallowed up an entire street intersection and two nearby buildings, residents told CNN. They said a poor sewage drainage network was to blame.
Unconfirmed reports claim that a private security guard was killed when the sinkhole opened up.
Thousands more have fled their homes in neighbouring Honduras, where the death toll rose to 15 even as meteorologists predicted three more days of rain. Two dams near the capital, Tegucigalpa, overflowed into a nearby river.
In El Salvador, the heavy rain caused numerous landslides and 11,000 people were evacuated.
Read the full article here -> http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10648986