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Colombia: At least 27 killed in landslide, several people feared trapped

Colombia is currently experiencing its worst monsoon in nearly 40 years and the rainfall has proved difficult for infrastructure to control. According to government data, many roads have been affected by the rains.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Colombia landslide: At least 27 people were killed when a landslide hit a road in northwest Colombia, trapping people in buses and other vehicles. Colombia’s President Gustavo Petro said on Monday that he has to announce that so far 27 people, including three minors, have lost their lives in the tragedy.

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Several people were trapped in Sunday’s landslide and rescue operations were on. Within hours of the operation three people were pronounced dead and several were injured but Reuters reported that several teams had been deployed to the area by the government. According to a survivor named Andres Iberguen, the bus tried to dodge the ruble caused by the landslide but was still trapped.

Part of it was coming down and the bus was just behind it, Andres Iberguen told radio station Lloro Stereo. The bus driver was going backwards when it met with an accident. The bus was carrying 25 passengers and other vehicles were also trapped due to the landslide. At least 27 people were killed while many others were injured as a road in northwest Colombia was severely damaged by a landslide.

President Gustavo Petro took to Twitter on Monday to express his condolences to the victims and said a bus and other vehicles were trapped in the rubble. Petro said, “It is with sadness that I have to announce that so far 27 people, including three minors, have died in this tragedy.

AFP reported that Colombia is currently experiencing its worst monsoon in nearly 40 years and the rainfall has proved difficult for infrastructure to control. Government figures showed that several roads were affected by the rains and at least 270 people lost their lives.

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