At least two people are still missing and three others were injured in the municipality of Villa Nueva, 20 kilometers from Guatemala City, when a gigantic sinkhole opened up on a main avenue last Saturday. The hole, at least 15 meters deep, was generated after days of intense rains throughout the country and is under investigation to determine if it represents a greater risk for residents of the area.
A 38-year-old woman and her 15-year-old daughter, who were traveling in the same vehicle, are still missing. Volunteer firefighters have stepped up rescue efforts, while relatives have resorted to shouting their names through nearby sewers for answers.
Subsidence is a common phenomenon in Guatemala. In 2007, the largest sinkhole in the country’s history engulfed several houses and a truck, killing three people. In 2010, a hole brought down a three-story building.
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