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Guatemala calls off search of missing mudslide victims, death toll at roughly 280

A resident holds up a photo of neighbors in Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles of Guatemala City, Oct. 2, 2015.

A resident holds up a photo of neighbors in Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles of Guatemala City, Oct. 2, 2015.  (ap)

Guatemalan authorities are calling off the search for victims buried under a massive landslide that killed at least 280 people near the Central American nation's capital.

Alejandro Maldonado, head of the National Disaster Reduction Commission, said Tuesday the agency's directors agreed unanimously that it was time to end the search and rescue operation.

He said work to stabilize and recover the disaster zone will continue.

Maldonado said Tuesday that 70 people are listed as missing due to the disaster.

The slide nearly two weeks ago unleashed at least 105 million cubic feet of earth on a neighborhood in Santa Catarina Pinula, on the eastern outskirts of Guatemala City.

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