Colombian mudslide kills 52

Cordon Press

FOLLOWING heavy downpours of rain during the early hours of Monday May 18, an avalanche of mud and debris roared through the village of Salgar, in west Colombia.
Authorities have confirmed that 52 people have been killed thus far, but they have expressed concerns that this number could rise within the next few days. Locals were reported to have shouted ´The river, The river!´ as the nightmare began to unfold.
Following this tragedy, President Juan Miguel Santos of Colombia has made his way to the town in a bid to oversee relief works. Speaking about the tragedy he said: “Nobody can bring back the dead, but we have to handle this disaster as best we can to move forward.”
This is said to be the worst event to have hit Colombia since an earthquake in the city of Armenia in 1999.


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