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Guatemalan village hit by huge landslide no longer inhabitable, say local authorities

FILE PHOTO: Soldiers remove debris and mud from an area hit by a mudslide, caused by heavy rains brought by Storm Eta, as the search for victims continue in the buried village of Queja, Alta Verapaz, Guatemala November 7, 2020. Esteban Bilba/EFE/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - The Guatemalan village devastated by a giant landslide and where dozens of people are believed to have been buried alive is now “uninhabitable” and will have to be abandoned, a regional official said on Tuesday.

Ovidio Choc, mayor of the San Cristobal Verapaz area in which Queja village is located, said the village will be declared a “camposanto”, or a resting place for the dead.

Reporting by Sofia Menchu; Writing by Drazen Jorgic; Editing by Anthony Esposito