Hundreds Feared Dead in Mexican Landslide

Hillside collapses on rural village in middle of night
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2010 9:18 AM CDT
Hundreds Feared Dead in Mexican Landslide
The Tehuantepec River overflows its banks in the Tehuantepec, Oaxaca, earlier this month. Continued heavy rains caused a hillside in the state to collapse on a rural community.   (AP Photo/Luis Alberto Cruz Hernandez)

A Mexican hillside collapsed on a rural Oaxaca village early today after days of rain, and the state's governor says hundreds are feared dead. The landslide buried between 100 and 300 homes in Santa Maria de Tlahuitoltepec, reports the AP, and the weather is thwarting would-be rescuers. "There has been lots of rain, rivers have overflowed and we're having a hard time reaching the area because there are landslides on the roads," he said. (More Mexico stories.)

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