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Old 06-01-2010, 04:33 AM   #1
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At least 142 killed by storm Agatha


A giant sinkhole caused by the rains of the storm in Guatemala City


June 1, 2010 - 1:18PM

Flooding and landslides from the season's first tropical storm have killed at least 142 people and left thousands homeless in Central America, officials said on Monday.

Dozens of people are still missing and emergency crews are struggling to reach isolated communities cut off by washed-out roads and collapsed bridges caused by Tropical Storm Agatha.


The sun emerged on Monday in hardest-hit Guatemala, where officials reported 118 dead and 53 missing. In the department of Chimaltenango - a province west of Guatemala City - landslides buried dozens of rural Indian communities and killed at least 60 people, Governmor Erick de Leon said.

"The department has collapsed," de Leon said. "There are a lot of dead people. The roads are blocked. The shelters are overflowing. We need water, food, clothes, blankets - but above all, money."

In the tiny village of Parajbei, a slide smothered three homes and killed 11 people.

"It was raining really hard and there was a huge noise," said Vicente Azcaj, 56, who ran outside and saw that a hill had crumbled. "Now everyone is afraid that the same will happen to their homes."

Volunteers from nearby villages worked non-stop since Sunday to recover the bodies in Parajbei, and on Monday they found the last two: brothers, aged four and eight, who were buried under tonnes of dirt, rocks and trees.

As a thank-you, rescuers got a plate of rice and beans from the mayor of nearby Santa Apolonia.

"It's a small thing, but it comes from the heart," Tulio Nunez told them through a translator.

Nunez said he worried about the well-being of survivors in the area because the landslides blocked roads and burst water pipes.

"They don't have anything to drink," he said.

In all some 110,000 people were evacuated in Guatemala.

Thousands more have fled their homes in neighbouring Honduras, where the death toll rose to 15 even as meteorologists predicted three more days of rain.

Two dams near the capital of Tegucigalpa overflowed into a nearby river, and officials warned people to stay away from swollen waterways.

"The risk is enormous," Mayor Ricardo Alvarez said.


In El Salvador, at least 179 landslides have been reported and 11,000 people were evacuated. The death toll was nine, President Mauricio Funes said.

About 95 per cent of the country's roads were affected by landslides, but most remain open, Transportation Minister Gerson Martinez said.

The Lempa River, which flows to the Pacific, topped its banks and flooded at least 20 villages, affecting some 6,000 people, said Jorge Melendez, director of the Civil Protection Agency.

Officials warned that the Acelhuate River, which cuts through San Salvador, was running at dangerously high levels and threatened to spill over into the capital's streets.


Agatha made landfall near the Guatemala-Mexico border Saturday as a tropical storm with winds up to 75k/ph. It dissipated the following day over the mountains of western Guatemala.

The rising death toll is reminding nervous residents of Hurricane Mitch, which hovered over Central America for days in 1998, causing flooding and mudslides that killed nearly 11,000 people and left more than 8,000 missing and unaccounted for.

Rescue efforts in Guatemala have been complicated by a volcanic eruption Thursday near the capital that blanketed parts of the area with ash and closed the country's main airport. Officials are now allowing helicopters and propeller planes to take off, but commercial flights remain grounded.

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Wow, just amazing. I wonder how deep that thing is.

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It will make a hell of a backyard swimming pool......


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Mother nature can be powerful & dangerous.

The sinkhole reminded me of the holes in that Fantastic Four movie with the Silver Surfer.

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It will make a hell of a backyard diving pool......
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*not much width, only depth
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Default Flooding opens up sinkholes in Guatemala City!

From sky view that thing looks endless!

Massive sinkhole swallows building in Guatemala City in wake of Tropical Storm Agatha

Massive sinkhole swallows building in Guatemala City in wake of Tropical Storm Agatha

Flooding opens up sinkholes in Guatemala City - Yahoo! News Photos

As Guatemala emerged from the downpours of Tropical Storm Agatha, it was struck by another natural disaster - a massive sinkhold that swallowed an entire building.

The hole, which formed at a street intersection Guatemala City, looks like a near-perfect circle and according to reports, it spread beneath a three-story structure, which fell into it. A private security guard is believed to have been killed.

The storm's rain is being blamed for creating the sinkhole, which form suddenly without warning and can range in size. Sinkholes are found throughout the world.

Flooding and landslides from the season's first tropical storm have killed at least 150 people and left thousands homeless in Central America, officials said. Guatemala was the hardest hit, with officials putting the death toll at 123, with another 90 still missing.





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Sinkhole in Guatemala: Giant Could Get Even Bigger

A huge sinkhole in Guatemala City (map), Guatemala, crashed into being on Sunday, reportedly swallowing a three-story building—and echoing a similar, 2007 sinkhole in Guatemala.

The sinkhole has likely been weeks or even years in the making—floodwaters from tropical storm Agatha caused the sinkhole to finally collapse, scientists say.

The sinkhole appears to be about 60 feet (18 meters) wide and about 30 stories deep, said James Currens, a hydrogeologist at the University of Kentucky.

(See a Texas sinkhole picture.)

Sinkholes are natural depressions that can form when water-saturated soil and other particles become too heavy and cause the roofs of existing voids in the soil to collapse.

Another way sinkholes can form is if water enlarges a natural fracture in a limestone bedrock layer. As the crack gets bigger, the topsoil gently slumps, eventually leaving behind a sinkhole.

It's unclear which mechanism is behind the 2010 Guatemala sinkhole, but in either case the final collapse can be sudden, Currens said.

(Related: "Sinkhole Holds 12,000-Year-Old Clues to Early Americans.")

2010 Guatemala Sinkhole Could Grow

A ruptured sewer line is thought to have caused the sinkhole that appeared in Guatemala City in 2007.

The 2010 Guatemala sinkhole could have formed in a similar fashion, Currens said. A burst sanitary or storm sewer may have been slowly saturating the surrounding soil for a long time before tropical storm Agatha added to the inundation.

"The tropical storm came along and would have dumped even more water in there, and that could have been the final trigger that precipitated the collapse," Currens said.

(See Guatemala pictures from National Geographic Traveler magazine.)

Depending on the makeup of the subsurface layer, the Guatemala sinkhole "could eventually enlarge and take in more buildings," he said.

Typically, officials fill in sinkholes with large rocks and other debris. But the 2010 Guatemala sinkhole "is so huge that it's going to take a lot of fill material to fill it," Currens said.

"I don't know what they're going to do."
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Wow, just amazing. I wonder how deep that thing is.
Latest reports... 30 stories.
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