Dec 6, 2010


Landslide buried up to 200 Colombian

  • Dec 6, 2010
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  • As many as 200 people have been buried in a landslide that swept over 10 houses near Medellin, Colombia's second largest city, Red Cross relief workers said.

    "The initial count is that there may be 150-200 people considered missing. So far, we have rescued three alive," said Cesar Uruena, a Red Cross operations deputy director.

    "We are focused on moving rubble to see if we find survivors," he added.

    The landslide struck the La Gabriela district of the town of Bello north of Medellin, just after 1900 GMT. Medellin lies 400 km (250 miles) northwest of Bogota.

    "The landslide buried 10 houses, each of then with three stories. Because on Sundays people usually have their family over for lunch, we think that on average there were between 15 and 20 people in each house," Uruena explained.

    About 300 residents of the neighbourhood rushed to search for missing friends and many tried to help rescuers pull away the rubble, bit by twisted bit.

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