At least 14 people have been killed and 35 injured after a landslide buried several homes in central Colombia, Colombia’s national disaster management agency said.
“Our updated report indicates that 35 people were injured, 14 lost their lives and one remains missing,” the UNGRD (National Disaster Risk Management Unit) said on Twitter.
The early morning landslide in Dosquebredas was preceded by torrential rains in the surrounding coffee province of Risalda.
“A very loud noise scared us. We got out and saw a piece of mountain above the houses,” taxi driver Dubernei Hernandez, 42, told AFP.
“I went to this place and it was a disaster, with people trapped.”
Hernandez said he helped dig up two bodies and a survivor. He said at least five houses were buried by mud.
Authorities evacuated dozens of nearby homes, fearing further landslides as the Otun River overflowed.
“We are currently managing the entire evacuation perimeter because we are still detecting ground instability,” Alvaro Arias, government secretary at Risaralda, told Blu Radio.
Landslides are common in Colombia due to the mountainous terrain, frequent heavy rains, and poor or informal house construction.
The country’s most recent landslide disaster occurred in the town of Mocoa in 2017, when more than 320 people were killed.