At least three people died and another is missing after being swept away by a river that overflowed its banks due to heavy rains in eastern Guatemala, authorities said Thursday.
A spokesman for the Volunteer Firefighters told reporters that six people were traveling in a vehicle Wednesday night when they were surprised by the strength of the current in the Las Lajas River, in Jalapa province, some 120 kilometers (74 miles) east of the capital.
Emergency workers on Thursday recovered the bodies of Jeison Estrada Salazar, 14; Estiven Fernando Salazar, 11; and 25-year-old Esmeralda Aquino, who was four months pregnant.
Teams of firefighters are combing the river and the riverbanks searching for another child who has been declared missing, while two other people were able to be rescued, the spokesman said. EFE