Colombia landslide kills more than 50

Landslide kills more than 50 people and injure many others in Colombia's northwest town

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Colombian officials said a landslide killed at least 50 people and injured dozens on Monday in a town in Colombia's northwest mountains, as the slide sent mud and water crashing onto homes.

Regional police commander Jose Angel Mendoza said the dammed water caused an avalanche after the earth slid into the course of the La Liboriana ravine and destroyed everything on its path.

The director of the national disaster unit Carlos Ivan Marquez said rescue teams with searching dogs immediately arrived in the area.

"We have 52 bodies in the morgue; 27 injured people have been attended to and the search for various missing people continues," said Marquez.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said via his Twitter account he was on his way to visit the town, adding his government would provide aid to the victims.

"We are attending to the emergency in Salgar,” said President Santos.

“Those affected will receive all our support."

Colombia’s meteorology officials said even though it would not be heavy, rain is expected in the next two or three days.

TRTWorld and agencies