Civil defence officials in Colombia say that a deadly landslide occurred at around 14:00 on 10 June in Chocó Department, between Quibdó and Medellín.
Colombia’s agency for disaster risk management (Unidad Nacional para la Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres – UNGRD) report that 8 people have died, 5 are missing and 4 injured. The President of Colmbia, Juan Manuel Santos, offered his condolences to the victims. Teams from the Red Cross and Defensa Civil Colombiana are carrying out searches in the area.
The landslide was triggered by heavy rain that has affected wide areas of Colombia over the last few days. Istmina, about 130 km south of Quibdó, recorded 170 mm of rain in 24 hours between 08 and 09 June.
The vital communications route between Quibdó in Chocó department and Medellín in Antioquia has been blocked by the slide.
Areas of Colombia have seen heavy rainfall over the last few days.
Istmina, about 130 km south of Quibdó, recorded 170 mm of rain in 24 hours between 08 and 09 June.
Bahía Solano in Chocó recorded 69 mm of rain and Planeta Rica, Cordoba 117 mm during a 24 hour period 09 to 10 June.
Ibagué, the capital of Tolima, recorded 179.9 mm of rain in 24 hours to 13 June 2016. Florencia, in Caqueta, recorded 106.5 mm and La Macarena in Meta department recorded 92 mm. Heavy rain has also been reported in Cali, capital of the Valle del Cauca department.
UNGRD reported on 10 June 2016 that so far in the rainy season there have been 176 floods, 117 landslides and 23 flash floods. As many as 22 people have died, including the 8 fatalities in the Chocó landslide.
Contingency plans are in place throughout the country to reduce the impact of the rainy season, says UNGRD.