The number of dead from a landslide near Aquil Grande in Alta Verapaz in Guatemala has risen to 37; that number does not count an equal number of missing persons. A previous slide had hit the same road on December 14, killing two people, and barricades were put up to keep people away from the danger area. Many of the dead in the second slide were coffee plantations workers who simply went around the roadblocks. (“There was no damage to any coffee crops,” said Blanca Castro, a spokeswoman for Guatemala’s coffee growers association.)

A combination of a geologic fault and water-soaked hills led to the slide. The villages of Aquil Grande and Aquil Chiquito, with a combined population of about 3,000, have been evacuated. At least two videos have been posted to YouTube:

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