(Updated) Colombia – 3 Dead, Many Missing After Landslide Buries Bus in Risaralda Department

Update, 06 December 2022:

In an update of 05 December, UNGRD reported that the tragedy in Risaralda left 34 dead. UNGRD confirmed that the landslide had buried a public transport bus with 33 people on board, a car carrying six passengers and a motorcycle with two occupants. Nine people remain in hospital receiving medical care.

Original report, 05 December 2022:

Search and rescue teams are frantically searching through mud and debris after heavy rain triggered a landslide in Risaralda Department in Colombia.

Landslide in Risaralda Department, Colombia, 04 December 2022. Photo: UNGRD

The landslide struck early on 04 December along a road in the La Cabaña sector of Pueblo Rico, Risaralda Department.

According to Colombia’s National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD) the landslide buried 3 vehicles including a bus thought to be carrying 25 people. Three fatalities were confirmed, as of 04 December. Nine people were rescued, some of whom were injured and hospitalized.

Search teams comprising volunteers and personnel from Civil Defence, UNGRD, fire service, Red Cross, Colombian Air Force, the National Army and National Police continue to work in the area.

Landslide in Risaralda Department, Colombia, 04 December 2022.Photo: UNGRD