Friday, November 24, 2017 | ePaper

More mudslides in Colombia kill at least 17 people

  • Print


Residents work to unearth a house destroyed during a landslide in Manizales, Colombia.

AP :
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.
The disaster struck in the early morning when many people in Manizales were still asleep, just as a flooding disaster two weeks ago that caused more than 300 deaths in this Andean nation's southern city of Mocoa.
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.
Among those believed buried in the debris was a man trying to help several relatives after water began entering their home. A mudslide wrecked the house while he was still inside, though all of his family members managed to escape. "Unfortunately, everything indicates he is buried in there," said Juan Carlos Rendon, a transit coordinator aiding operations in Manizales. The dead included a police officer and two children.
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.
"It rained in Manizales like it has never rained before," Santos said.
The landslides occurred as Colombia is still recovering from the March 31 disaster in Mocoa, and the two incidents drew several immediate parallels. Both caught unsuspecting residents off guard in the early morning hours after the cities received unprecedented amounts of rain. Both also struck hardest at poor people living in precarious housing developments. In one Manizales neighborhood hit Wednesday, several houses had been constructed on a mountain slope despite it being known to be at risk for landslides, Rendon said.
One resident, Ana Henao, said she was at home with her 12-year-old daughter Tuesday evening when their roof began to collapse from the intense rains. They stayed awake in fear that worse might still be to come. When a stream of mud began burying the home, she and her daughter got to safety. "I grabbed my daughter and ran," she said. Several of her neighbors did not get out. On one hillside, intact homes stood on either side of a swath torn by a mudflow that swept away other buildings.

More News For this Category

Jessore journo`s throat slashed

UNB, Jessore :A journalist sustained severe injuries as a group of miscreants slashed his throat at Chanchra Harinar Beel in Sadar upazila on Thursday evening.The victim was identified as Ananda

Madrasa student killer sent to jail

Court Correspondent :Suspected killer of Madrasa student Zidan yesterday gave confessional before a Dhaka court admitting his involvement in the murder.Magistrate Amirul Haider Chowhury of the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM)

The Bangladesh delegation led by Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and the Myanmar team led by State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi pose for photographs after signing the 'arrangement on return of displaced persons to Rakhine State' in Naypyidaw on Thursday.

The Bangladesh delegation led by Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali and the Myanmar team led by State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi pose for photographs after signing the 'arrangement on return of displaced persons to Rakhine State' in Naypyidaw on Thursday.

.

3 held for using proxy in JU entry test

UNB, Dhaka :The authorities of Jahangirnagar University on Thursday held three admission seekers on charge of fraudulence in the admission test under academic session 2017-18.The trio-Oli Ahmed of Rajshahi,

Better preparation for climate talks urged

Staff Reporter :Civil Society leaders on Thursday emphasized on government preparation for presenting strong historical and evidence based context of climate change effects on Bangladesh in the Conference of

Start Rohingya repatriation

UNB, Savar :Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday renewed her call to Myanmar to immediately start the repatriation of their forcibly displaced Rohingya nationals from Bangladesh."We're continuing our bilateral

Mugabe granted immunity, assured of safety in Zimbabwe

HARARE (Reuters) :Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe was granted immunity from prosecution and assured that his safety would be protected in his home country as part of a deal

Zimbabwe's next President ready to take power

AFP :Zimbabwe's incoming president Emmerson Mnangagwa was preparing Thursday for his new role as president after a triumphant return home following the dramatic departure of Robert Mugabe, ending 37

NGO Fundraising Workshop held in city

UNB, Dhaka :A fundraising workshop in Dhaka has emphasized board members' active role and staff members' enhanced professional skills to develop and launch sustainable fundraising programs for NGOs in

Uganda's FM urged to quit over alleged bribe

UNB, Kampala :Uganda's foreign minister faced growing calls for his resignation Thursday following allegations in the United States that he accepted a bribe shortly after finishing his term as