August 29, 2013 / 3:52 PM / 6 years ago

Six children killed by landslide in Honduras

TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Six children died when the house they were in collapsed in a landslide after heavy rains in northern Honduras, emergency services said on Thursday.

The children aged between 1 and 9 were killed on Wednesday night in the village of La Chicharronera, some 93 miles (150 km) north of Tegucigalpa, said Oscar Triminio, a spokesman for fire services.

“The children were playing in a room and were buried in an avalanche of earth, mud and rocks that collapsed two houses. The children were all siblings and cousins,” he added.

Two other children were injured in the incident, one of them seriously, officials said. The badly injured boy is being treated in a local hospital.

The landslide occurred after heavy rains hit part of the impoverished Central American country on Wednesday night.

Reporting by Gustavo Palencia; Editing by Vicki Allen

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