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Searchers recover 32 bodies from Mexican landslide

AP , ELOXOCHITLAN, MEXICO

Digging was scheduled to resume yesterday for victims of a landslide that swept down a Mexican mountain and buried a bus carrying up to 60 passengers. Thirty-two bodies were recovered on Thursday as hope waned of finding survivors.

Hundreds of soldiers and rescue workers braved threats of additional slides to pull victims from the bus, which had been traveling along a remote road on Wednesday morning when a rain-soaked slope gave way near the town of Eloxochitlan in Puebla State.

Officials said the bus was carrying between 40 and 60 people but that it was impossible to know the exact number of passengers on board because the bus made stops along the way.

The state's chief of ambulance services, Salvador Bianchini, told the Televisa TV network that "all are dead," but did not explain how he knew that. He said workers had only gained access to a small section of the bus.

He also said officials were concerned a nearby cliff could come tumbling down at any moment, but that the search would probably continue.

Governor Mario Marin said that the government would pay for victims' funerals.

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