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Title: LANDSLIDE DISASTER IN COLOMBIA OCCURS DURING COLOMBIA


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LANDSLIDE DISASTER IN COLOMBIA OCCURS DURING
COLOMBIAS WORST RAINY SEASON IN DECADES
Walter Hays, Global Alliance for Disaster
Reduction, University of North Carolina, USA
  • 1900 GMT
  • DECEMBER 6, 2010

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LOCATION
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Weeks of heavy rain across the country had
already caused floods and landslides that killed
more than 200 people and displaced thousands
prior to Dec. 6th.
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The December 6th landslide disaster, which was
triggered by heavy rain, happened near Giraldo,
80km (50 miles) north of the city of Medellin.
5
A mountainside collapsed in the Antioquia
province on Monday, December 6th, sweeping away
houses and burying villages and people under tons
of rock and mud.
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SEARCH AND RESCUE
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Although a nearly hopeless task, local residents
initially used their bare hands to dig into tons
of mud that engulfed some 30 houses able to save
seven people.
8
Red Cross sniffer dogs have identified locations
where victims are buried, but officials say it
could take several days to dig them out.
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SEARCH AND RESCUE
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The rescue effort is being hampered by
continued heavy rainfall and the increased risk
of additional landslides
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