102 Children Among 314 Killed in Colombia Mudslide
More than 102 children were among 314 people killed in the giant mudslide that slammed into the southern Colombian town of Mocoa last week, the government has said.
Boulders and debris surround homes, after rivers surrounding Mocoa, Colombia overflowed and sent a wall of water and debris surging through the city over the weekend. (AP Photo)
Bogota: More than 102 children were among 314 people killed in the giant mudslide that slammed into the southern Colombian town of Mocoa last week, the government has said.
The mudslide hit a week ago after heavy rains caused three rivers to flood, sending a sea of mud, boulders and debris crashing into the town.
The disasters unit said it had received information on 127 people still missing, among them three foreigners: a Spaniard, a German and an Ecuadoran.
Mocoa, the capital of the department of Putumayo, was home to 70,000 people, about 45,000 of whom were affected by the disaster, according to the Red Cross.
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The hardest-hit areas were impoverished neighborhoods populated by residents uprooted during Colombia's five-decade civil war.
Authorities are investigating whether local and regional officials correctly enforced building codes and planned adequately for natural disasters.
The mayor, the governor and their predecessors are also being probed to see whether they bear any responsibility, according to Colombian media reports.
The mudslide turned Mocoa into a wasteland of earth, boulders and debris.
Many survivors have had to take the disaster response effort into their own hands, clawing through the mud for their loved ones, digging their graves themselves and defending what belongings they have left from looters.
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