Monday 20 May 2019

Heavy rains unleash landslide in remote mountain town in south-western Colombia

A doll is seen in the mud after a landslide in Rosas, Valle del Cauca department, in southwestern Colombia, on April 21, 2019. (Photo by LUIS ROBAYO / AFP)LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images
A doll is seen in the mud after a landslide in Rosas, Valle del Cauca department, in southwestern Colombia, on April 21, 2019. (Photo by LUIS ROBAYO / AFP)LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images
A man shows a Christ found in the mud after a landslide in Rosas, Valle del Cauca department, in southwestern Colombia, on April 21, 2019. . (Photo by LUIS ROBAYO / AFP)LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images
Manuel Bermudez (R), member of the Colombian Red Cross and his dog Gretta, search for victims after a landslide in Rosas, Valle del Cauca department, in southwestern Colombia, on April 21, 2019. (Photo by LUIS ROBAYO / AFP)LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images
Manuel Bermudez, member of the Colombian Red Cross and his dog Gretta, search for victims after a landslide in Rosas, Valle del Cauca department, in southwestern Colombia, on April 21, 2019. (Photo by LUIS ROBAYO / AFP)LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images
Manuel Bermudez, member of the Colombian Red Cross and his dog Gretta, search for victims amid dolls after a landslide in Rosas, Valle del Cauca department, in southwestern Colombia, on April 21, 2019.. (Photo by LUIS ROBAYO / AFP)LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images
People walk mid rubble after a landslide in Rosas, Valle del Cauca department, in southwestern Colombia, on April 21, 2019. (Photo by LUIS ROBAYO / AFP)LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images
Rescue workers search for victims after a landslide in Rosas, Valle del Cauca department, in southwestern Colombia, on April 21, 2019. (Photo by LUIS ROBAYO / AFP)LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images
Rescue workers search for victims after a landslide in Rosas, Valle del Cauca department, in southwestern Colombia, on April 21, 2019. (Photo by LUIS ROBAYO / AFP)LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images
Rescue workers search for victims after a landslide in Rosas, Valle del Cauca department, in southwestern Colombia, on April 21, 2019. (Photo by LUIS ROBAYO / AFP)LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images
A rescue worker searches for victims after a landslide in Rosas, Valle del Cauca department, in southwestern Colombia, on April 21, 2019. (Photo by Luis ROBAYO / AFP)LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images
Colombian Army members are seen near the site of a landslide in Rosas, Valle del Cauca department, in southwestern Colombia, on April 21, 2019 (Photo by Luis ROBAYO / AFP)LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images
Rescue workers search for victims after a landslide in Rosas, Valle del Cauca department, in southwestern Colombia, on April 21, 2019. (Photo by Luis ROBAYO / AFP)LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images
People watch as mud is removed in the search of victims after a landslide in Rosas, Valle del Cauca department, in southwestern Colombia, on April 21, 2019. (Photo by Luis ROBAYO / AFP)LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images
People watch as rescue workers recover a corpse after a landslide in Rosas, Valle del Cauca department, in southwestern Colombia, on April 21, 2019. (Photo by Luis ROBAYO / AFP)LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images
People watch as rescue workers recover a corpse after a landslide in Rosas, Valle del Cauca department, in southwestern Colombia, on April 21, 2019. (Photo by Luis ROBAYO / AFP)LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images
Rescue workers search for victims after a landslide in Rosas, Valle del Cauca department, in southwestern Colombia, on April 21, 2019 (Photo by Luis ROBAYO / AFP)LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images
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Heavy rains have unleashed a landslide in a remote mountain town in south-western Colombia, killing at least 17 people and injuring five more.

The National Disaster Risk Management agency said the early morning landslide hit at least eight homes and blocked a stretch of the Pan-American Highway in the community of Rosas, roughly 400 miles south-west of Bogota.

Officials said rescue workers were continuing their search for victims, removing earth and debris with heavy machinery.

President Ivan Duque sent a tweet expressing "solidarity with families of victims". He went to the area late on Sunday to check on operations.

A doll is seen in the mud after a landslide in Rosas, Valle del Cauca department, in southwestern Colombia, on April 21, 2019. (Photo by LUIS ROBAYO / AFP)LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images
A doll is seen in the mud after a landslide in Rosas, Valle del Cauca department, in southwestern Colombia, on April 21, 2019. (Photo by LUIS ROBAYO / AFP)LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images

Officials said five people were taken to local hospitals for treatment.

People walk mid rubble after a landslide in Rosas, Valle del Cauca department, in southwestern Colombia, on April 21, 2019. (Photo by LUIS ROBAYO / AFP)LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images
People walk mid rubble after a landslide in Rosas, Valle del Cauca department, in southwestern Colombia, on April 21, 2019. (Photo by LUIS ROBAYO / AFP)LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images
A rescue worker searches for victims after a landslide in Rosas, Valle del Cauca department, in southwestern Colombia, on April 21, 2019. (Photo by Luis ROBAYO / AFP)LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images
A rescue worker searches for victims after a landslide in Rosas, Valle del Cauca department, in southwestern Colombia, on April 21, 2019. (Photo by Luis ROBAYO / AFP)LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images

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