Colombia: CCTV shows deadly landslide in Cundinamarca
A shocking video has emerged of the moment a torrent of mud bursts a river’s banks in a landslide which left at least 14 dead and 20 people missing in Colombia. The torrent of mud and debris destroyed homes in Quetame, a district about an hour’s drive southeast of the capital Bogota, in the early hours of Tuesday.
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The landslide’s impact was caught by a security camera and shows how in a matter of seconds a mix of water and mud swept away everything in its path.
According to local reports, a six-year-old boy was among the victims of the disaster, which was unleashed by heavy rain flooding three streams.
Rescue teams have been searching for missing people, who could be buried under the debris.
The mudslide also tore down a bridge on the Bogota-Villavicencio highway, forcing police to redirect traffic.
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Authorities report at least six people have been found alive and they are being treated in medical centres in the region, according to news website semana.com
Colombian President Gustavo Petro posted a message of condolence to the victims’ families on Twitter.
The Governor of Antioquia, Aníbal Gaviria Correa, said: “It is very painful to start the day with a preliminary report of six missing due to a landslide in Quetame, Cundinamarca.
“All our solidarity with the families of the victims and with Governor Nicolás García Bustos. The climatic emergency is a latent threat.”
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Mr Petro said the landslide “demonstrates that there is an imperative need” for local officials to plan urban areas more rigorously, leaving greater space around waterways.
The mudslide will disrupt commerce between eastern Colombia and Bogota, which is a key transit route for beef, rice and palm oil.
A local told semana.com: “It’s desolate. It’s very sad. It’s like a holy field. The mud swept away everything. It was the wind that alerted me to what was going to happen. The wind was blowing quite hard and I managed to evacuate my wife, my children and my mother-in-law.
“We were saved from being swept away by the landslide by a matter of minutes.”
Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.
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