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Columbia. Landslide. The bus and cars fell into the river. Fatalities, injured

Columbia.  Landslide.  The bus and cars fell into the river.  Fatalities, injured

Columbia. Landslide. The bus and cars fell into the river. Fatalities, injured

A landslide on a road in Pueblo Rico in the Risaralda Department in northwest Colombia plunged several vehicles, including a bus, into the river. At least 33 people have died, Colombian Interior Minister Alfonso Prada said.

The landslide occurred on Sunday between the towns of Pueblo Rico and Santa Cecilia in the department of Risaralda. It is about 230 kilometers northwest of the country’s capital, Bogotá. The landslide was caused by torrential downpours.

The ground pushed several vehicles off the road into a nearby river, including a bus carrying about 30 people. The bus was traveling from the city of Cali in the department of Valle del Cauca to Condoto in the department of Chocó.

Over 30 dead, injured

More bodies are found at the crash site. On Monday evening, Colombian time, Interior Minister Alfonso Prada announced that at least 33 people had died. At least three children are among the victims.

Prada also said nine people were rescued, four of whom are in critical condition.

Rescue teams are still working, supported by heavy equipment.

Rescue after a landslideReuters

Rescue after a landslideReuters

Hundreds of people have died since the beginning of the year because of the downpours

At least 216 people have died in Colombia this year and 48 are missing, according to government figures quoted by Reuters.

538,000 people lost their homes.

Main photo source: Reuters

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