Minors among 33 dead in Colombia landslide that buried a bus

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The bus was traveling from Cali, Colombia’s third largest city, to the municipality of Condoto in the province of Chocó.

Reuters

Prosperous city,Updated: December 6, 2022 04:43 IST

Police help rescue a bus that was buried after heavy rain caused a landslide in Pueblo Rico, Colombia (Image: Reuters)

Reuters:

At least 33 people were killed and nine rescued alive after a landslide crushed a bus in northwestern Colombia on Sunday, the interior minister said.

The landslide, caused by heavy rains, struck the car between the villages of Pueblo Rico and Santa Cecilia in Risaralda province, about 230 kilometers (140 miles) northwest of the capital Bogota.

“We have already found 33 people dead, including three minors, and we have rescued nine people alive, four of them in critical condition,” Interior Minister Alfonso Prada told reporters on Monday.

Colombian President Gustavo Petro described the incident as tragic in a Twitter message.

“Solidarity with the families of the victims,” ​​Petro said, pledging support from the national government.

Pueblo Rico Mayor Leonardo Fabio Ciagama told reporters that bodies were being brought to a covered stadium in the city that is normally used for sports.

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The bus was traveling from Cali, Colombia’s third largest city, to the municipality of Condoto in the province of Chocó.

Colombia was hit by an unusually heavy monsoon season, which was attributed to the La Niña weather phenomenon.

According to official statistics, incidents related to heavy rainfall killed more than 216 people and left 538,000 homeless in 2022. Statistics show that 48 people are still missing across the country.

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