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Hundreds Feared Dead in Mexican Landslide

September 28, 2010 By: Joe Pike

The Associated Press is reporting that the governor of Oaxaca state in Mexico said hundreds of people are feared dead following a landslide in the rural Mexican community Tuesday morning.

Oaxaca state Gov. Ulises Ruiz told the Televisa television network that the early morning landslide in the town Santa Maria de Tlahuitoltepec buried 100 to 300 houses and speculated that 500 to 1,000 people could be buried.

Travel Agent spoke to the Mexico Tourism Board Tuesday morning and learned that the only bright side to the news is that there appears to be no damage to any tourism sites nor are any tourists expected to be involved.

The site of the landslide, in fact, according to several reports, is not a tourism area and is located a roughly four-hour drive from the bustling capital city of Oaxaca City.

“The Mexico Tourism Board is currently working diligently to get a hold of the secretary of tourism in Oaxaca to get a full assessment,” according to a Mexico Tourism Board statement released exclusively to Travel Agent, “but at this time, there is reason to believe that tourism hasn’t been affected.”

According to CNN, a hill about 650 feet wide collapsed early Tuesday, sending tons of mud over as many as 300 houses.

Keep visiting as we continue to update this story as we get more developments.


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