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4 killed, 20 missing under trash

July 26, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

At least four people died and about 20 were missing when a mountain of trash collapsed on people foraging in it, emergency workers said.

Heavy rain forced hundreds of police officers and bystanders to call off the search for the missing under an avalanche of old tires, broken glass, rotting food and human remains.

Scores of Guatemala's poor search for scrap metal and other recyclables to eke out a living in the sprawling dump despite dangers of landslides during the rainy season. Four people died a month ago in a similar incident at the dump.

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