A giant sinkhole caused by the rains of Tropical Storm Agatha in Guatemala City

A giant sinkhole caused by the rains of Tropical Storm Agatha in Guatemala City, May 31, 2010.

Guatemala 2010


DOWNPOURS caused by tropical storm Agatha have created a giant sinkhole in Guatemala City, while throughout the country officials have reported 120 people dead and at least 53 missing.

The sinkhole, which formed in the northern part of the capital city, swallowed up a space larger than the area of a street intersection.

Residents said a three-storey building and a house fell into the hole. The residents blamed a poor sewerage system for the sinkhole.

A similar hole opened up nearby last year.

Officials said flooding and landslides caused by Agatha had killed at least 144 people and left thousands homeless throughout Central America, with Guatemala the hardest hit by the season's first tropical storm.

In Chimaltenango - a province west of Guatemala 

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