Guatemala Sinkhole

A 330-foot-deep sinkhole killed at least two teenagers as it swallowed about a dozen homes early Friday, AP reported

Recent rains and an underground sewage flow from a ruptured main are blamed for causing the pit which forced the evacuation of nearly 1,000 people in a crowded Guatemala City neighbourhood.

The sinkhole emitted foul odors, loud noises and tremors, shaking the surrounding ground. A rush of water could be heard from its depths, and authorities feared it could widen or others could open up.

Rescue operations were on hold until a firefighter, suspended from a cable, could take video footage and photos above the hole and officials could use the documentation to decide how to proceed.

The dead were identified as Irma and David Soyos, emergency spokesman Juan Carlos Bolanos said. Their bodies were located near the sinkhole, floating in a river of sewage.

Their father, Domingo, was still missing, according to disaster coordinator Hugo Hernandez.

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