Mexico’s military is searching for at least seven missing soldiers swept up in a mudslide that killed another two, Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos said on Sunday.
The disaster occurred Saturday in El Carrizal, a community in the town of San Miguel Totolapan, in the southern state of Guerrero, where troops were working in areas affected by heavy rains, the minister said.
“My sincerest condolences to the families of the two soldiers who regrettably died in the line of duty on June 10, 2017, as they were swept away along with seven more soldiers by an avalanche of mud, rocks and branches,” Cienfuegos posted to Twitter.
“The members of the Army and Air Force ratify our willingness to continue searching” for the missing, he added.
The fatal victims were buried under the mudslide.
Guerrero state’s government issued a statement, saying two of its helicopters, and two belonging to the Mexican Air Force, were dispatched to the area to try and find the others, the Televisa News website reported. Enditem