GUATEMALA CITY – With memories of the tragedy still alive, thousands of local residents commemorated Saturday the victims of the El Cambray II mudslide, which one year ago left some 280 people dead and 70 missing after collapsing on top of a poor settlement near the Guatemalan capital.
Entire families gathered at the Santa Catarina Pinula Cemetery, just a few hundred meters (yards) from the scene of the disaster, to place flowers and pray at the graves of the victims.
A group of firefighters also honored the memory of a colleague who died in the tragedy.
The paying of respects, as was done by schoolmates of the dozens of students who lost their lives last year, has been a constant event in recent days – everyone in Venezuela has wished to remember those who are no more due to one of the most devastating tragedies in recent decades.
Though the country occupies fourth place worldwide in risks of catastrophes and the effects of climate change, El Cambray II will remain a particularly sad moment in Guatemalans’ memory.