Over the weekend Guatemala was hit with Tropical Storm Agatha that created a massive sinkhole, and a volcano eruption that layered Guatemala City in three inches of ash. Over 150 people are reported dead from Tropical Storm Agatha in and around Guatemala.
As of this morning at least 123 people were reported dead in Guatemala, 17 people in Honduras, and 9 in El Salvador; 69 were reported are injured. Another 90 people were missing in Guatemala. Fatalities are expected to rise as more bodies are found.
Monday, a massive sinkhole was created in downtown Guatemala City that swallowed an entire three-story building. Local official blamed the sinkhole on heavy rains from the tropical storm, but said that an investigation is underway to determine any other causes.
According to Wikipedia, a sinkhole occurs when the ground is peeled away by water, they vary in size from very small to very large. This is the second massive sinkhole that they city has seen in the past few years. In April of 2007 another one appeared in the same area and killed three people.
See the video below that shows the damage from Tropical Storm Agatha.
Scroll down to see slideshow of photos of Guatemala City and the surrounding areas and the damage done from the tropical storm and the volcano eruption.
Diana Gonzalez from Salt Lake City, Utah had this to say about the tropical storm and the residents of Guatemala, “I feel terrible for those people. They have been hit with one natural disaster after another and have had little time to recover. Some of the photos show people looking at their dead loved ones bodies and they just look so lost. I hope they can recover quickly.”
Over 110,000 people have been evacuated from the area, schools have been shut down, and massive landslides have continued to devastate residents.
Sources: CNN and the CS Monitor
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