Landslides Kill 154 In Colombia

At least 154 people have been killed, and many more are injured, after a series of landslides, following hours of heavy rain, struck southwest Colombia.

Landslides have killed at least 154 people in southwest Colombia and left many more injured, President Juan Manuel Santos has said.

Hours of heavy rains overnight caused rivers to burst their banks, flooding homes with mud in Putumayo province.

An unknown number of people are missing. One army officer said the main local hospital was struggling to cope.

Santos, who has travelled to the area, said troops had been deployed as part of a national emergency response.

He declared a state of emergency in the region.

The national fire service said at least 190 people had been injured.

The region’s governor, Sorrel Aroca, told Colombian media that whole neighbourhoods had been buried.

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