As many as 1,000 people are feared
dead in a landslide in a remote area of southern Mexico.
Locals said a hillside collapsed in
the town of Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec in Oaxaca state, burying up to 300
The state’s governor Ulises Ruiz said “between 500 and 600 people –
they’re talking about up to 1,000” may have died.
Rescue teams have not yet reached
the area, which was recently hit by the heaviest rains on record.
Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec – a town
of about 9,000 people who largely speak an indigenous language – is a four-hour
drive from the state capital of Oaxaca.
Emergency services say the
landslide happened overnight while people were sleeping in their houses.
They said they warned people to
leave their homes before the mudslide happened, but many decided to stay.
Heavy rains have fallen on Central
America and parts of Mexico for days as two storm systems moved across the