Four killed, 18 missing in Colombian mudslide

BOGOTA (BERNAMA-NNN-XINHUA) – At least four people have died with 28 being injured and 18 more missing after a mudslide swept through the town of Corinto in Cauca Department in southwestern Colombia, local authorities announced on Wednesday.

The governor of Cauca Department, Oscar Campo, revealed the death toll after the mudslide hit on Tuesday after strong rains in recent days, which caused the La Paila river to overflow its banks.

Campo told the press that emergency teams and government assessment workers were on the site, along with the army and police, and the Red Cross, seeking those missing and helping those displaced.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos expressed his solidarity with the families of the deceased and those displaced.

A woman and her daughter struggle to walk along a muddy street, after a mudslide due to heavy rains affected Corinto in Cauca Department, southwest Colombia on November 8. – AFP

He called on citizens to pay close attention to recommendations from authorities as the heavy rain season continues.

Writing on Twitter from Corinto, the president said the focus was on “attending to the immediate needs, and a plan in three stages is already underway, including humanitarian aid, stabilisation and recovery”.