Seven dead, 20 missing after landslide in central Mexico

September 21st, 2010 - 10:42 pm ICT by BNO News  

MEXICO CITY (BNO NEWS) – Seven people died and at least 20 people are unaccounted for after a landslide swipe five cars away in central Mexico, local media reported on Tuesday.

According to the Reforma newspaper, the landslide occurred in a highway near the town of Villa Guerrero in Mexico state, at around 10:00 p.m. local time on Monday. Five additional individuals, three men and two women, sustained injuries and were transported to a hospital in the nearby Ixtapan de la Sal.

“We have seven deceased, already confirmed, and around 20 more missing. We know that two vehicles were dragged to a ravine. Due to the risk, works have already been suspended and will be resumed tomorrow at six o’clock in the morning with daylight,” Villa Guerrero Mayor Tito Maya de la Cruz said.

The incident took place near a place known as “El Salto,” in the town of Porfirio Diaz. Approximately forty residents of the town, have gathered in the kilometer 7 of the highway located in Mexico State in order to look for relatives that are still missing.

Police forces and Army soldiers have blocked the highway from kilometer 5.5 due to the danger of further landslides. Rescue efforts have been resumed on Tuesday morning.

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