A massive landslide tore through a ravine in northwest Colombia Monday before dawn, killing at least 62 people and injuring 40, authorities said. Most residents were sleeping when the landslide hit the municipality of Salgar around 3:00 am, burying a large area in mud and debris. The rush of mud and water “tore down everything in its path,” Salgar Mayor Olga Osorio told RCN Radio. The small town of Santa Margarita was practically “wiped off the map,” she said.
The country’s disaster management agency reported an increased death toll early Tuesday morning and said a handful of government organizations were involved in rescue and aid efforts that included debris removal and erecting temporary shelters. The rescue operation, which was being carried out by some 377 first responders, was suspended overnight Monday and will resume again early in the morning. FULL REPORT