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SANTIAGO ATITLAN, Guatemala (AP) - Dozens of Mayan Indians used hand tools to dig through hardening mud on Saturday, searching for bodies under a landslide that swallowed a Guatemalan neighborhood and pushed the regionwide death toll from a week of pounding rains to 613.
The search for survivors of Tropical Storm Stan has been called off in Guatemala, where the official death toll stands at 652. But the figure could reach 2,000, as entire communities were engulfed by landslides and mud, officials say.
They say continuing the search is too risky and have called for a number of communities to be declared mass graves.
Another 131 people are known to have died elsewhere in Central America and Mexico as a result of the storm.