January 15, 2024

Dozens Dead, Injured in Violent Columbian Mudslide

In a devastating incident in Colombia, a mudslide claimed the lives of at least 33 people and left dozens injured, as reported by authorities.

The tragedy unfolded on a busy municipal road connecting the cities of Quibdo and Medellin in the Pacific Province of Choco, with the mudslide engulfing several vehicles. The impacted area is known for its mountainous terrain.

Rescue operations were swiftly launched, involving personnel and search dogs from across the country, aimed at locating victims, including minors.

Colombian Vice President Francia Márquez communicated the tragic death toll on X, emphasizing an "ongoing" search for victims. The mudslide's cause remains unknown, with challenging weather conditions, including continuous rain, complicating rescue efforts, as reported by the country's Defense Department.

A video shared on X purportedly captures the moment when a mountainside slid over the highway, covering cars. However, the authenticity of the video could not be independently verified by The Associated Press.

The initial statement from the National Disaster Risk Management Unit reported at least 18 fatalities and 35 injured individuals transported to hospitals.

The extent of the devastation underscores the urgent need for coordinated response and support. President Gustavo Petro expressed the government's commitment to providing assistance in the face of this "horrible tragedy."

Choco Governor Nubia Cordoba Curi conveyed the collective sorrow, describing the weekend as very sad for Choco and expressing the deep impact on the local community.

"We lived a very sad weekend for Choco, our people feel the pain of the victims," said Choco Governor Nubia Cordoba Curi in the statement.

The incident highlights the vulnerability of regions prone to natural disasters and the challenges associated with responding to such emergencies.

The nation mourns the lives lost and grapples with the aftermath of this tragic event that has captured the attention of people worldwide.

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