|Published : 20 Apr 2017, 10:38:05|
More mudslides in Colombia kill 17
At least 17 people were killed and two dozen injured as a deluge of rain set off landslides that smashed homes and filled streets with mud Wednesday in a mountain city of Colombia, authorities said.
The disaster struck in the coffee-growing part of the country when many people in were still asleep, just as a flooding disaster two weeks ago that caused more than 300 deaths, reports AP.
Dozens of hillsides gave way in Manizales after the city of nearly 400,000 people received the equivalent of a full month's rain in the span of five hours.
The inundation caused at least 40 to 50 avalanches of mud and rock that destroyed homes and left several roadways impassable.
Rescuers dug in thick layers of mud searching for nine people listed as missing.
President Juan Manuel Santos attempted to reach the region but was forced to land 200 kilometers (124 miles) away in Medellin after encountering bad weather.
In remarks in a live broadcast, he said residents in areas still at high risk were being evacuated and national agencies mobilized to assist in the recovery.
"It rained in Manizales like it has never rained before," Santos said.