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Colombia: 33 killed in massive landslide triggered by heavy rains


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(By Estera Popowska)

At least 33 people died after a massive landslide triggered by heavy rains in northwest Colombia on Monday, authorities said, warning the death toll could rise since some families were still missing.

According to the Daily Star Lebanon, the dawn landslide tore through a ravine in the municipality of Salgar, in the department of Antioquia. "We have 33 dead, but that figure could increase," said Ines Cardona, director of the department's disaster response agency. Between two and five families are still missing, she reportedly said.

The rush of mud and water "tore down everything in its path," Salgar's Mayor Olga Osorioreportedly  told journalists. Authorities said rescue workers were having difficulty accessing the area. More emergency teams and medics are en route.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santo reportedly  tweeted that "those affected will receive all our support."