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Guatemala ends search for victims of slide that killed at least 280 people; 70 still missing

  • In this Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 photo, soldiers carry the coffin of Jonathan Sanchez, 16, who died in a mudslide in Cambray on the outskirts of Guatemala City. Hope faded Sunday for finding more survivors after a mudslide killed more than 250 people, with hundreds more missing. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)

    In this Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015 photo, soldiers carry the coffin of Jonathan Sanchez, 16, who died in a mudslide in Cambray on the outskirts of Guatemala City. Hope faded Sunday for finding more survivors after a mudslide killed more than 250 people, with hundreds more missing. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Oct. 9, 2015 photo, bulldozers sit at the site of a mudslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, on the outskirts of Guatemala City. On Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, authorities called off the search for victims buried under a massive landslide that killed at least 280 people near the Central American nation's capital. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    In this Oct. 9, 2015 photo, bulldozers sit at the site of a mudslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, on the outskirts of Guatemala City. On Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, authorities called off the search for victims buried under a massive landslide that killed at least 280 people near the Central American nation's capital. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rescue workers leave the site of a mudslide on the last day of searching for victims in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. Authorities are calling off the search for victims buried under the massive landslide that killed at least 280 people and left 70 missing. The National Disaster Reduction Commission said it will be up to the local government to decide if the disaster area is declared a gravesite. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    Rescue workers leave the site of a mudslide on the last day of searching for victims in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula on the outskirts of Guatemala City, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. Authorities are calling off the search for victims buried under the massive landslide that killed at least 280 people and left 70 missing. The National Disaster Reduction Commission said it will be up to the local government to decide if the disaster area is declared a gravesite. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)  (The Associated Press)

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 is head of the National Disaster Reduction Commission. He says the agency's directors agreed unanimously that it was time to end the search and rescue operation, while 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 (3 million cubic meters) of earth on a neighborhood in Santa Catarina Pinula, on the eastern outskirts of Guatemala City.