Officials were scrambling to free survivors Saturday after a mudslide brought on by heavy rains in northwest Colombia killed at least 34 people and injured dozens on a busy highway.
Brought on by heavy rains, mudslide covered a busy roadway in Choco province on FridayThomson Reuters
· Posted: Jan 13, 2024 12:41 PM EST | Last Updated: January 13
Colombian authorities say at least 34 people died as a result of a mudslide, which was brought on by heavy rains, in Choco province, on Friday afternoon. (Colombian Police/Reuters)Officials were scrambling to free survivors Saturday after a mudslide brought on by heavy rains in northwest Colombia killed at least 34 people and injured dozens on a busy highway.
The mudslide, which happened Friday afternoon, covered a roadway that connects the cities of Quibdo and Medellin in the Pacific province of Choco, authorities said in a statement.
Rescuers and dogs from across Colombia were dispatched to the scene to search for injured people, the statement added. Mud had completely engulfed several cars on the road.
A damaged car is seen Saturday at the site of a deadly mudslide in Colombia’s Choco province. (Yordy Moreno/Choco Government/Reuters)”We lived a very sad weekend for Choco, our people feel the pain of the victims,” said Choco Gov. Nubia Cordoba Curi in the statement.
Images on social media showed the moment a large piece of land dislodged from a mountain and fell on top of several cars that were moving along the flooded road below.
Rescue workers search on Saturday for survivors of the mudslide that occurred in Colombia’s Choco province the previous day. (Colombian Police/Reuters)