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Old 04-02-2017, 04:25 PM
 
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Colombia landslide leaves at least 200 dead and hundreds missing
Rescue teams scramble to find survivors after heavy rains in Putumayo province cause mud, rocks and gushing waters to engulf city of Mocoa

Colombian rescuers have been searching frantically for hundreds of missing people after the southern city of Mocoa was engulfed on Saturday by a huge landslide of mud, rocks and gushing waters that swept away homes and cars and killed more than 200 people.

The Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, arrived in Mocoa on Sunday to survey the crisis. Officials from the national disaster agency had counted 207 dead by Sunday morning, with 43 children among the victims, and the death toll was expected to rise. A further 203 people were injured, many in a critical condition.

Without power, gas or telephone service and with little clean water, about 600 survivors spent Sunday in makeshift shelters, on high alert for any further rainfall that could trigger another mudslide.

Lists of children who could not find their parents circulated on social media to try to reunite families, while about 1,100 soldiers and police arrived to help the relief effort.

The disaster struck in the early hours of Saturday when the rushing waters of the Mocoa river and its tributaries converged on the capital of Putumayo province, catching many people by surprise as they slept.

Source: Colombia landslide leaves at least 200 dead and hundreds missing - the guardian


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Old 04-02-2017, 04:43 PM
 
Location: London, UK
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The destruction...




Image source: Scores killed as landslides devastate Colombia's Mocoa | Colombia News | Al Jazeera
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Old 04-02-2017, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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I heard about this last night when my father and a freind contacted me to see if we where back home. Totally scary and sad. When this type of stuff happens a night while people are sleeping it is worse as it further reduces there chances of escaping the disaster.
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Old 04-02-2017, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Thoughts and prayers are with Mocoa, Colombia.
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Old 04-02-2017, 09:36 PM
 
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The landslides are a direct result of deforestation. When the vegetation is reduced greatly, roots no longer are there to hold the mass of mud in place and thus the mud avalanche
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Old 04-02-2017, 10:14 PM
 
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This is very sad, poor people. Prayers for this community.
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Old 04-03-2017, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Brazil
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So sad! Unfortunately this is very commom where I live too.
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Old 04-03-2017, 08:57 AM
 
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RIP to the deceased and condolences to the survivors
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Old 04-04-2017, 06:00 AM
 
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My deepest sympathy for the deceased, as well as thoughts and prayers for all of Colombia.

Que descansen en Paz / May God rest their souls in peace.

ˇFuerza!
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