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WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 7 2015 WORLD 17 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Mudslide area may be too vast to excavate GUATEMALA CITY: Guatemalan officials weighed what to do with the site of a massive, acres-wide mudslide that might still hold up to 300 bodies and a surrounding area of largely untouched homes that has been declared uninhabitable. Too vast to excavate fully, there may come a point as in the past where officials simply end digging efforts at the site and declare the area where the unrecovered bodies lie a de facto graveyard, their buried houses becoming tombs. Officials are also considering what to do with residents of the Cambray community on the outskirts of Guatemala City whose houses escaped Thursdays massive landslide but whose neighbourhood has now been declared uninhabitable. They told us they have to get organised, they have to buy land for us, said Clara Elena Solorzano, 40, who had lived in the neighborhood for 17 years in a house built by her husband. Also that theyre getting money together to buy us homes, but nothing concrete. As the death toll rose to 152 on Monday, questions mounted about why people were allowed to build homes at the base of a dangerous hillside. Mandy Barnhill uses a canoe to evacuate her home in Conway, South Carolina. The state was rocked by more flooding after more than 36cm of rain fell at the weekend Picture: REUTERS/RANDALL HILL US flood death toll on the rise NEW YORK: The death toll from record floods in the US state of South Carolina has jumped from three to nine, as tens of thousands of people lost power and drinking water. Residents sought refuge in shelters, while authorities carried out evacuations by air since hundreds of roads and bridges were closed to traffic. About 26,000 South Carolinians did not have electricity and 40,000 had no drinking water, Governor Nikki Haley said on Monday. At least nine dams have failed and drinking from the city system was considered unsafe. Firefighters were pumping fresh water to the water systems of Columbias hospitals, which, like the rest of the city, had been advised to boil water before using it. The tropical air mass that has drenched the south-eastern state since Thursday dumped 36cm of rain over the weekend, a new record. About 550 roads and bridges, some of which were completely washed out by flash floods, were closed to traffic. In the historic coastal city of Charleston, population of 130,000, more than 900 people were being housed in 25 emergency centres on Monday. Net post warns of NZ uni shooting WELLINGTON: New Zealand police are investigating an online post that threatens a mass shooting at Otago University. The message was left on the 4chan message forum on Monday, with the poster warning students to stay away from the university in Dunedin today, threatening a mass shooting akin to the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre in the US. Notes have been taken from tactics used in other massacres and shootings, I know what works and what doesnt, the poster wrote. Dunedin police said they were aware of the threat and working with the university. Flak over air strikes BEIRUT: NATO has called on Russia to stop air strikes in Syria and warned its violation of Turkish airspace during a raid risked inflaming tensions. Turkey warned Moscow after its F-16 jets intercepted a Russian fighter that flew through its airspace near the Syrian border at the weekend. Two Turkish jets were also harassed by an unidentified MIG-29 on the Syrian border, according to Turkeys army, which has the second-largest number of troops in NATO after the US. Our rules of engagement are clear whoever violates our airspace, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said. The Turkish Armed Forces are clearly instructed. Even if it is a flying bird, it will be intercepted, he added, while playing down the idea of a Turkey-Russia crisis. Russian warplanes have been conducting air strikes on what Moscow says are targets belonging to Islamic State jihadists in the countrys northern and central provinces. The West has accused Moscow of using the raids as cover to hit moderate opponents of Russian ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. NATO on Monday called on Russia to immediately cease its attacks on the Syrian opposition and civilians. It also warned against violating Turkeys airspace. Up to 20% of retail price SUBSCRIBE TODAY FOR HOME DELIVERY Enjoy the convenience of getting the NT News and Sunday Territorian home delivered each day. Subscribe today 08 8944 9777 ntnews.com.au/subscribe Payment in advance by credit/debit card and will be billed 4 weekly. Ofer only available where regular home delivery exists to delivery addresses in suburbs of Darwin or Palmerston, Northern Territory, and where no additional freight is charged. Not in conjunction with any other ofer. 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