Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

21 dead after rains cause landslide

Rescue workers and residents look for survivors (AP)
Rescue workers look for survivors at the site of a landslide caused by heavy rains in Manizales, north-west Colombia (AP)

Rescuers are searching for signs of life amid mud and rubble after a rain-fuelled landslide buried homes in north-western Colombia, killing at least 21 people.

Red Cross rescue director Cesar Uruena says between 20 and 40 people remain missing from Saturday's landslide in Manizales, 102 miles north west of the capital, Bogota.

Mr Uruena said 18 bodies have been identified and three remain unidentified.

The landslide was caused by heavy rains that caused part of a mountain slope to collapse.

Rescuers are using back hoes and earthmovers to search for survivors.

Mr Uruena says they think "there is still a chance of finding life".

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