GUATEMALA CITY – Heavy rains triggered mudslides and flooding that killed at least three people and left as many as eight missing in Guatemala, authorities said Saturday.
Mudslides also blocked streets in the capital, which was lashed by intense rain for hours beginning Friday night.
"We have confirmed the death of one boy in a mudslide, and another man died after he was buried" by shifting earth, said Benedicto Giron, spokesman for Guatemala's National Committee for Disaster Reduction.
Firefighters reported finding the body of a woman who was apparently swept away by a rain-swollen river, and rescuers were digging in areas hit by slides in hopes of finding eight missing people.
Seven hillside homes were reported destroyed in the mudslides, and another 164 damaged. Authorities said 656 people were taken to shelters.