Sunday, April 09, 2017

Death toll from Colombia mudslides climbs to 314, recovery work begins

The death toll from flooding and mudslides in the southern Colombian city of Mocoa climbed to 314 on Saturday with 106 people missing, local authorities said on a day when Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos visited the disaster area to see how the humanitarian and infrastructure work was going.

"The balance is 315 people dead, all with their autopsies completed. There have been 249 bodies handed over and 29 buried.

The number of missing, formerly 173, has diminished to 106," the president said.

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