Floods, landslides in Guatemala kill 37; at least 40 missing
According to De León, the resumption of strong rains forced workers to suspend rescue work at the site. These are expected to resume Monday.
Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom declared a “national emergency” on Saturday because of the rains. He quantified the damages at between $375 and $500 million, and asked parliament to approve an increase in this year’s national budget and a temporary tax he referred to as a “reconstruction bond” to cover the costs of the emergency.
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