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Landslide death toll in Guatemala rises to 161

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Workers and soldiers watch as a new landslide takes place in Santa Catarina Pinula municipality, some 15 km east of Guatemala City, on October 5, 2015, four days after a deadly landslide struck the village. At least 161 people were killed when massive mudslides buried scores of homes Thursday on the outskirts of Guatemala's capital city, as the death toll continues to climb. An estimated 300 people are still missing. (Photo: JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala — The death toll from a massive landslide that covered much of a small village in Guatemala continues to rise.

By Tuesday, rescuers recovered the bodies of 161 residents of El Cambray, about 10 miles east of Guatemala City.

Many more are still missing, the public ministry said.

Heavy rains triggered the mudslide in El Cambray on Thursday evening. The side of a towering hill broke loose suddenly and crashed down on the village.

Since then, residents and rescuers have shoveled and even burrowed with their hands in search of the hundreds of victims the public ministry estimates were inside the dozens of homes that were instantly engulfed by the landslide.

On Tuesday, the Red Cross asked for donations of dry ice for its makeshift morgue, where the bodies kept coming.

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