Hundreds of people were feared dead after a hillside collapsed burying more than 100 homes in Mexico today.

The landslide hit the town of Santa Maria de Tlahuitoltepec and local officials said rescuers were struggling to reach the area.

A landslide in south-western Mexico is feared to have engulfed up to 300 homes and buried alive as many as 1,000 residents as they slept, local authorities said today.
The Oaxaca state governor, Ulises Ruiz, told the Televisa television network that the early morning landslide, which struck in the town of Santa Maria de Tlahuitoltepec, buried from 100 to 300 houses and said between 500 and 1,000 people could have been killed.
He said rescuers were experiencing difficulties in reaching the area, adding that the landslide had followed days of heavy rain in the Sierra Juarez region.
Rescuers are flying in from Mexico City and emergency personnel have been sent to the town, which is about 50 miles east of Oaxaca City.
"There has been lots of rain, rivers have overflowed and we're having a hard time reaching the area because there are landslides on the roads," Ruiz said.
A storm system in the western Caribbean has generated widespread rain in the area over the past week.