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  • Updated: January 14, 2024

Death toll from mudslide in Colombia rises to 34

Death toll from mudslide in Colombia rises to 34

The death toll from the mudslide in western Colombia, striking a busy municipal road connecting Quibdo and Medellin has risen to 34 people dead, according to authorities.

Initially reported as 18 casualties, the National Disaster Risk Management Unit confirmed the higher toll.

The incident occurred amid challenging weather conditions, with 35 injured individuals already receiving medical attention.

The Chocó Governor’s Office, operating from a unified command post, disclosed that 17 bodies have been identified, while efforts are underway to identify another 17 victims.

Colombian Vice President Francia Márquez mentioned ongoing searches for individuals trapped under the landslide, expressing particular concern for several children among the victims.

The cause of the mudslide remains unspecified by the risk management unit, but the Defense Department noted challenging rescue conditions due to continuous rainfall in the area.

Colombian President Gustavo Petro expressed solidarity, vowing full government support for what he described as a "horrible tragedy."

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