Wednesday, April 19, 2017

13 dead in Colombia landslides

At least 13 people are confirmed dead Wednesday and 20 others missing after heavy rains have caused landslides in Manizales.


An estimated 70 families have been effected and 30 homes destroyed in the city just 180 miles (290 kilometers) west of Bogota when a landslide struck at 6.45 a.m. (1145GMT) Wednesday.

Roads leading to Manizales have been blocked with debris making the city unreachable and the airport is closed due to poor conditions.

Mayor Jose Octavio Cardona told W Radio the rains are “the heaviest to have happened in recent years,” and that “landslides are occurring every five to 10 minutes in various sectors,” of the city.

Local meteorological said more than 15 centimeters (6 inches) of rain fell Tuesday night and Wednesday morning -- equivalent to one month of rainfall in the mountainous region.

Schools have been closed and roads remain blocked as rescue services try to reach affected areas. Rain is forecast for the next two days.
 [aa.com.tr]
19/4/17

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