Search continues for 2 inside Guatemala sinkhole

Mother and daughter disappeared when their vehicle was swallowed by massive hole; three rescued



A sinkhole is exposed on the main road in Villa Nueva, Guatemala, on Sunday. — AP photos
A sinkhole is exposed on the main road in Villa Nueva, Guatemala, on Sunday. — AP photos

By AP

Published: Mon 26 Sep 2022, 9:18 PM

Search efforts were underway on Monday for a mother and daughter who disappeared when their vehicle was swallowed by a massive sinkhole in Guatemala.

The girl’s father was rescued on Sunday from the hole in Villa Nueva, southwest of the capital, along with three other people. The sinkhole opened in the middle of the town's main thoroughfare.

Copious amounts of rain dumped during the region’s rainy season has led to landslides and collapsed roadways.

On Sunday, a crane lifted a blue sedan from the hole. Rescuers descended using ropes and ladders. At one point, the crane lowered rescuers and a search dog into the opening.

Video circulated online showed other traffic passing on both sides of the sinkhole on dark rain-soaked streets before the blue car tumbled into the hole.

A vehicle is pulled from the sinkhole.
A vehicle is pulled from the sinkhole.
Rescuers search for victims inside a sinkhole in Villa Nueva.
Rescuers search for victims inside a sinkhole in Villa Nueva.
Rescuers of the Guatemalan Army and a search dog descend into a sinkhole.
Rescuers of the Guatemalan Army and a search dog descend into a sinkhole.
Rescuers descend into the sinkhole.
Rescuers descend into the sinkhole.

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