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Six killed as mudslide buries bus

Five adults and a boy were killed in Colombia when a hillside collapsed on a bus following heavy rain.

One of the victims managed to call for help on her mobile phone and tell relatives she was trapped before she died, said Cesar Uruena, rescue director for the Colombian Red Cross.

The five other victims of the accident included a police officer and the bus driver and his young son, Mr Uruena said.

At least four other people were slightly injured when the mudslide partially buried the bus about 200 miles north east of the capital, Bogota.

Officials said heavy rain flooded about 3,500 homes south of Bogota, with water up to 5ft deep in places. Some people refused to leave their flooded homes, while others moved to higher ground carrying belongings while wading knee-deep through floodwaters.

Mayor Clara Lopez said the flooding was "10 times worse" than floods seen last year.

Rain in Colombia since September 1 has caused at least 140 deaths, including those who died in the bus.

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