Colombia – 10 Killed, 6 Missing in Antioquia Landslide

A landslide triggered by heavy rain has left at least 10 people dead, 6 missing and 3 injured in north west Colombia.

The landslide occurred on the Bogota-Medellin highway, near to the town of Copacabana, Antioquia department, on 26 October, 2016.

The country’s National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (SNGRD) said that teams are still working in the affected areas around Copacabana, and are continuing to search for those still missing.

Rescue operations at the site of the landslide near Copacabana, Antioquia department, 26 October, 2016. Photo: Policia Valle de Aburra
Landslide on the Bogota-Medellin highway, near Copacabana, Antioquia department, 26 October, 2016. Photo: Policia Valle de Aburra

The neighbouring department of Choco has also seen heavy rain over recent weeks, leaving 4 dead and 13,000 affected by flooding.

The heavy rain continues to fall in western and northwestern areas of the country. Apartadó, Antioquia recorded 60mm of rain in 24 hours between 30 and 31 October.

A few days earlier the same area recorded 59mm in 24 hours between 28 and 29 October. Barrancabermeja in the department of Santander recorded 47 mm during the same period. Pereira in Risaralda recorded 59mm of rain in 24 hours 27 to 28 October.