43 children among 254 dead in Colombia mudslides

43 children among 254 dead in Colombia mudslides

Srinagar: Devastating mudslides in the Colombian town of Mocoa killed at least 254 people, 43 of them children, reports said on Monday.
As per TV reports survivors described gruesome scenes in the remote southern town, as rescuers kept up a bleak search for victims in the muck and debris.
Rescuers worked in stifling heat under a cloudy sky in the remote Amazon town, reports said.
The torrent of mud, boulders and debris struck the town with little warning late Friday after days of heavy rains that caused three area rivers to flood.
It swept away homes, bridges, vehicles and trees, leaving piles of wrecked timber. Most of the hardest-hit neighborhoods in the town of 40,000 are poor and populated with people uprooted during Colombia’s five-decade-long civil war.

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