Dozens Feared Dead after Massive Floods and Landslide in Salgar, Colombia

Dozens of people are feared dead after massive floods and landslide struck in Antioquia, Colombia.

Colombian authorities have not yet issued an official report of casualties. Latest reports from local media say that at least 48 have been killed and around 30 injured. Dozens are still believed to be missing. Around 500 people are thought to live directly in the affected area of Santa Margarita village in Salgar municipality, which is about 100 kilometres (60 miles) south-west of Medellin. Homes, roads and bridges have been destroyed in the floods.

The landslide and floods struck during the night after torrential rain caused the river Liboriana to burst its banks. No rainfall figures are available for the affected area, although areas of Colombia to the west of Salgar have also seen heavy rainfall. WMO report that 124 mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 17 May 2015 in Quibdo, Choco, Colombia, about 100 km west of Salgar.

Police, military and emergency services are working in the area using helicopters to find those still missing and carry out rescue operations.

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Affected area from the air. Salgar, Colombia landslide, 18 May 2015. Photo: Dapard Antioquia
Affected area from the air. Salgar, Colombia landslide, 18 May 2015. Photo: Gobernacion Antioquia
Affected area from the air. Salgar, Colombia landslide, 18 May 2015. Photo: Dapard Antioquia
Floods and landslide in Salgar, Colombia. Photo: Gobernador de Antioquia
Floods and landslide in Salgar, Colombia. Photo: Office of Gobernador de Antioquia
Salgar, Colombia floods and landslide. Photo: Policía Nacional de Colombia
Salgar, Colombia floods and landslide. Photo: Policía Nacional de Colombia