Colombian landslide kills at least 40
Published 18/05/2015 | 17:06
At least 40 people have been killed and dozens are missing after a landslide in northwest
Heavy rains caused the river Liboriana to burst its banks early on Monday, triggering a landslide that swept away villages in the province of Antioquia in the centre of the country.
Much of the village of Santa Margarita, south-west of the provincial capital Medellin, was reportedly destroyed.
"We still do not have an exact figure, I only know that there are more than 40 dead, many families displaced, but I still can't give an exact figure," local official Zulma Osorio told local Caracol Radio.
"The tragedy is of an immense magnitude," she added.
"There are many more dead, the whole town is totally collapsed."
Ms Osorio said the search was under way for missing residents, and that local officials were compiling a list of all the families which had been affected.
Colombia's government will provide aid to the victims, president Juan Manuel Santos said via Twitter.
"We are attending to the emergency in Salgar. Those affected will receive all our support," he said.