FLOODING, LANDSLIDES KILL MORE THAN 230
More than 230 people died when severe flooding and landslides hit the city of Mocoa in southwestern Colombia. Two-hundred thirty eight bodies were recovered and more than 200 people were injured, with the number of victims expected to rise, Carlos Ivan Marquez, head of the country’s disaster agency, said Sunday. Thousands of helpers searched the ruins for survivors. Heavy rainfall caused the Mocoa, Mulato and Sancoyaco rivers to burst their banks. Water and sludge flowed into 17 of Mocoa’s 40 neighborhoods early Saturday, sweeping away houses or burying them under debris.