Colom­bia floods, mud­slide prove deadly

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Worldwide -

FAM­I­LIES and res­cuers have been des­per­ately search­ing through mud-plas­tered rub­ble for vic­tims of flood­ing af­ter a mud­slide in south­west Colom­bia killed nine, with 19 still miss­ing.

The La Paila River burst its banks near the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Cor­into in the Cauca de­part­ment at 6:40PM lo­cal time (23:40 GMT) on Tues­day, send­ing wa­ter, mud and de­bris crash­ing down streets and into houses.

The Cor­into mayor Ed­ward Fer­nando Gar­cia said six blocks of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity, home to 32 000 peo­ple, were dev­as­tated, adding that 28 peo­ple had been in­jured.

He said four peo­ple were still miss­ing, be­fore that num­ber went up, fol­low­ing police re­ports.

Lo­cal news me­dia re­ported that at least 37 homes were de­stroyed in the neigh­bour­hoods of La Colom­biana, La Playa and Es­mer­alda and the towns of Car­riza­les, Pe­dre­gal and El Tablon, al­though due to the force of the mud­slide, that num­ber is likely to in­crease.

Troops and police helped res­i­dents in the res­cue op­er­a­tion and heavy ma­chin­ery is be­ing used to clear mud from the dev­as­tated area.

Pres­i­dent Juan Manuel San­tos urged Colom­bians to take pre­cau­tions against flood­ing and con­tin­ued rains. Res­i­dents have been evac­u­ated for fear of fur­ther slides.— Al Jazeera.

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