New multiply landslides kill at least 17, injure dozens in Colombia (VIDEO)
A deluge of rain set off landslides that smashed homes and filled streets with mud Wednesday in a mountain city in a coffee-growing part of Colombia, and authorities said at least 17 people were killed and two dozen injured.
This is reported by The Associated Press
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.
The landslides occurred as Colombia is still recovering from the March 31 disaster in Mocoa
Authorities monitored several hillsides that showed a risk of collapse and evacuated residents, said Jorge Eduardo Rojas, Colombia's transportation minister. "What we need to do now is prevent" more deaths, he said.