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Landslide Kills 30 People

Medellin: Landslides due to heavy rain that occurred in Colombia in the last week has killed at least 30 people, including a third of the children, so a rescue team spokesman said on Wednesday (8 / 12).

As reported by Al Jazeera site, a spokesman for the government of Antioquia, Jorge Humberto Salazar, said they had found 30 bodies of the victims died and the rescue operation is still underway. At least 90 people remain missing, but the rain continued to fall making the hope of finding survivors became lower.

President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santo, has urged the nearly 500 people to evacuate from landslide prone hillsides on the outskirts of Medellin, Tuesday (7 / 12). Santo also had visited the suburb of Bello who was also hit by landslides, about 250 km northeast of Bogota.

He promised to build as many as 1,000 houses for families affected in the city, where authorities say as many as 80 to 100 homes were also in danger. Authorities say landslides occurred on Sunday (5 / 12) and then as people falling asleep and burying dozens of houses in Medellin, Colombia's second largest city.


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