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Guatemala Landslide Death Toll Rises to 131

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A fireman is rescued after he was trapped while working at the site of a landslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Oct. 3, 2015.

A fireman is rescued after he was trapped while working at the site of a landslide in Cambray, a neighborhood in the suburb of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City, Oct. 3, 2015.

The death toll from last week's massive landslide on the outskirts of Guatemala's capital has risen to 131. Officials say young children and newborn babies were included in the toll.

Authorities say finding any survivors from the landslide that buried hundreds of people under tons of earth is highly unlikely. More than 100 people remain missing.

The landslide struck the village of El Cambray II, in the municipality of Santa Catarina Pinula, about 15 kilometers east of the capital, Guatemala City.

Authorities say some 125 homes were destroyed or damaged Thursday night by the sudden landslide after heavy rain.

"I went on an errand for my mother and when I returned there was nothing," 17-year-old Carlos Ac told the French news agency. His mother and seven siblings are still missing.

Doctors at a shelter near the landslide site are reporting widespread cases of emotional trauma.

"Mourning is very difficult without a corpse," said Dr. Elser Oronez.

President Alejandro Maldonado said several countries, including the United States and Cuba, have offered to help.

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