Eleven People Missing After Mudslide in Mexico.

By: CBS
By: CBS

Residents from the Mexican town of town of Santa Maria Tlahuitoltepec worked steadily to clean up their community on Wednesday after tons of mud descended on the town on Tuesday during a landslide.

Initial reports that hundreds were buried proved overblown, but at least 11 people were still reported missing- three adults and eight children.

While the situation appeared to be not as severe as first thought, several homes were destroyed in the landslide following torrential rains.

On Wednesday, despite a sense of relief, residents found themselves in lines for food and shelter.

"What we are needing the most is water and milk for the children because we have various families and children that need it. And the most basic is water, because there isn't any purified water here," said one resident.

Another explained that food was scarce because of roads blocked by floods and debris from smaller landslides.

"The roads are blocked, we cannot get through. Food can't be brought in by car, only on backs," she said.

Meanwhile, several women from the community gathered for a religious procession to pray for an end to the rains that have been devastating much of southern Mexico.

Civil protection authorities in Oaxaca said the landslide was due to heavy rainfall from Tropical Storm Matthew, which killed 12 people in Central America over the weekend.

Parts of Mexico have grappled this season with unusually heavy rains that have triggered floods, forced thousands of people from their homes and hit crops.

Residents affected by a massive landslide sort through the debris of their community as they seek food and shelter.


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