Four dead in Colombia mudslidesBy IANS
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Bogota, Nov 17 (IANS/EFE) Four people, including a baby, have died in a mudslide in the hilly El Codito neighbourhood of the Colombian capital, an official said Wednesday.
The mudslide, triggered by rains, buried the victims’ home. A fire department spokesman told reporters that it destroyed one home and damaged several others.
At least 130 people have died in incidents triggered by rains in Colombia this year.
The country has received record rain in 2010 due to the effect of the La Nina phenomenon. It has caused flooding, mudslides and other emergencies in 552 of the country’s 1,100 municipalities, the Colombian Red Cross said in a report. About 1.3 million people have been affected.