On the night of Saturday the 29th of March the rains from Tropical storm Agatha triggered a landslide in San Pedro La Laguna at Lake Atitlan. So far my friends there say only one person is reported missing, a 10 year old girl. Tragic enough in itself, adding to the tragedy is that many families lost their houses, belongings and beloved pets. There are worse stories around the lake, but I am friends with people directly affected by this one. The victims include ex-patriots who have lived in San Pedro for many years and local Tzutujil Maya families.
Mike Jones owner of The Buddha restaurant and bar posted these photos of the landslide and has kindly granted me permission to re-post them here. For people who know San Pedro La Laguna the damage starts just past Punto De Oro and continues down the road to the gas station. The Finca road has been basically obliterated on this stretch. There is no significant damage reported in the central part of town or in the lower sections where the tourist hotels and restaurants are located. If you can get there, San Pedro La Laguna is still open for business. It’s a good cheap place to cool your heels while waiting for travel on the roads and by air to open up again.