At least three children have been killed by a landslide in an elementary school in northwestern Colombia.
Officials in Antioquia province on Friday said about 20 children of preschool and first-grade age were at recess when the landslide hit the school.
Most of them escaped unharmed, but three died and two youngsters who had to be dug out of the building were taken to hospital for treatment.
Carlos Osorio, the mayor of the nearby town of Andes, said; “We give very sad news. 3 children lost their lives in this event. Fortunately, 17 students got out alive."
Osorio added that the two hospitalised children were in stable condition.
The landslide was the result of heavy rains plaguing Colombia due to the cyclical La Nina weather phenomenon. The rains are projected to continue until September, according to the meteorological institute.