[ti:Guatemala Mayan Villagers Tell of Escape from Deadly Landslide]
[00:00.04]Matilde Ical Chen was cooking over a wood fire
[00:05.88]when the landslide hit the Guatemalan Mayan town of Queja last week.
[00:14.44]Her mother, sister and grandparents were killed in the disaster.
[00:20.40]She, her husband and their six small children ran to escape the danger,
[00:27.28]falling into a ravine along their path, she told Reuters.
[00:33.92]Now, she and hundreds of other survivors are sheltered at a school in Chicuz,
[00:41.04]a village about three hours from their home.
[00:45.52]"My mother was buried, along with my sisters, their husbands,
[00:51.80]the whole family, even the grandparents," Ical Chen said.
[00:58.16]In all, about 30 family members did not escape, she said,
[01:03.56]trapped below as much as15 meters of wet soil and rock.
[01:10.40]"We have food here, but I can't eat for the worry," she said, as she cried.
[01:18.24]Heavy rains killed many people and left a path of destruction
[01:24.12]from Panama to Mexico last week.
[01:28.20]Guatemala may have experienced the worst of it.
[01:33.00]There, poor Mayan villages are spread along mountainsides
[01:38.88]especially vulnerable to landslides.
[01:43.68]Rescuers say they may never know how many people
[01:47.84]were buried in the slide in Queja, about 200 km from Guatemala City.
[01:55.32]Government estimates suggest about 150 people were killed.
[02:01.92]Some survivors returned to their homes Sunday,
[02:05.92]ignoring the danger of the loose ground.
[02:09.12]They are looking for other survivors and their belongings.
[02:14.68]Days of heavy rains finally ended.
[02:18.24]Helicopters moved in and out of the area, bringing food and water.
[02:24.72]Rescue workers recovered several bodies,
[02:28.40]even as they were threatened by new landslides.
[02:32.56]At least two people were killed when a small plane carrying
[02:37.40]humanitarian aid for the disaster area crashed in Guatemala City.
[02:43.96]Rolando Cal was among those
[02:46.92]who made the dangerous walk back to Queja.
[02:50.36]He has been searching for 23 family members.
[02:55.08]"This is where my whole family and my home were destroyed," Cal said.
[03:01.80]He pointed to a mass of dirt and wreckage where his house once stood.
[03:07.84]He is staying in a shelter in nearby Santa Elena.
[03:13.00]"I no longer have a place to live," said Cal, who walked into Queja on Sunday
[03:19.88]"Without food, without money. I'm miserable," he added.
[03:24.92]A retired general, Franciso Mus, organized a helicopter of supplies.
[03:32.44]When it arrived in Chicuz, many of the 450 survivors
[03:37.80]ran to meet it, hoping for news of family members.
[03:41.96]There was none.
[03:44.28]Many of the survivors were saved by their neighbors in Chicuz.
[03:49.16]They risked their own lives as they used heavy ropes
[03:53.40]to pull people out of the slide, said village official Raul Gualin.
[04:00.20]Ical Chen has only the clothes she is wearing.
[04:04.40]She is thankful that the village is helping her.
[04:08.00]She believes she, her husband and children
[04:11.64]will never return to Queja.
[04:14.24]It would be too painful.
[04:16.60]"We will...not go back there," she said.
[04:19.60]"I lost my whole family."
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