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Colombian landslide kills more than 50 people

A mudslide in Colombia’s north western mountains yesterday is reported to have killed more than 50 people and injured 37 others.

“The earth slid into the course of the La Liboriana ravine, then the dammed water caused an avalanche which destroyed everything in its path in Salgar,” said regional police commander Jose Angel Mendoza said in an interview.

It has been suggested that the debris flow failure was triggered by heavy rainfall and there are concerns of further landslides as the rain is forecast to continue for several more days.

A public emergency has been declared by president Juan Manuel Santos to allow relief funds to be released to help victims.

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