The Columbia was struck by devastating landslides. Rescuers trying to find more than 100 people who went missing after the incident. Hundreds of people were killed after heavy rains. On Friday night of the 3 rivers surrounding Mocoa, in the province of Putumayo, overflowed and overflowed.
Reports on the exact death toll in the harsh and remote areas are different. The Colombian military reported that at least 254 people were killed and 400 were injured. The red Cross reports that 234 deaths and said that 158 people were missing. According to Federal officials among the victims was a policeman.
President Juan Manuel Santos declared a state of emergency. Santos reported 254 killed, but told reporters that the number may increase. "The first thing I want to say is that my heart, our hearts, the hearts of all Colombians together with the victims of this tragedy, he said.
Santos said that among the dead 43 children and 22 people hospitalized. Several children were reunited with their parents. He said many children live in orphanages. "Still a lot of missing people, we don't know where they are. Therefore, rescuers are still trying to find them and will continue to do so until we find the last man."
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