Guatemala mayor arrested over mudslide that killed 280

A mayor of a Guatemalan village was arrested for allegedly ignoring warnings ahead of a mudslide that engulfed a community in 2015, killing 280 people.

Victor Gonzalo Alvarizaes Monterroso, mayor of the village of Santa Catarina Pinula, to the west of the capital Guatemala City, was nabbed on a charge of negligent homicide, a spokeswoman for the state prosecutor's office told reporters.

The mudslide occurred on October 1 last year. A section of earth detached and covered a district of the village called El Cambray II.

The official toll was 280 killed and another 70 missing.

Investigators say, Alvarizaes was informed of the risk of such a disaster happening, along with recommendations that El Cambray II be moved.

A former mayor of the community, Antonio Coro, was arrested in January on the same charge.

Topics: Guatemala , Landslide , Politics , Arrest
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