Tropical Storm Agatha has created a giant sinkhole in Guatemala City, and officials reported nearly 120 dead and at least 53 missing.
In the northern part of the capital city, Guatemala City, a giant sinkhole was caused by Tropical Storm which swallowed up a space larger than the area of a street junction, although a problem with sewage drainage may have worsened the problem. It was the second time in four years. Inhabitants told CNN that a house and a three-story building fell into the hole.
When the sinkhole opened up, a private security guard was killed, but authorities had not confirmed the fatality as per the Morning Herald reports. Residents said a poor sewage drainage system was to blame for the sinkhole. On Monday, officials told the Associated Press that the first tropical storm of this season have killed at least 145 people and made thousands homeless in Central America. Many of people were missing and emergency crews struggled to reach isolated communities cut off by washed-out roads and collapsed bridges caused by Tropical Storm Agatha.
Governor Erick de Leon said, in the department of Chimaltenango which is situated in a province west of Guatemala City, landslides buried dozens of rural Indian communities and killed at least 60 people. In Guatemala, about 110,000 people were vacated. President Mauricio Funes said, In El Salvador, at least 179 landslides have been reported and 11,000 people were vacated. The death toll was nine. In neighboring Honduras, thousands more have fled their homes, where the death toll increased up to 15 even as meteorologists predicted 3 more days of rain. On Saturday night, Agatha was relegated from a tropical storm to a tropical depression and lost its grade as dejection on Sunday evening.
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