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Death toll from avalanches in central Colombia rises to 20

Death toll from avalanches in central Colombia rises to 20

The Colombian authorities have estimated at 20 people found dead in the Cundinamarca region due to avalanches that have occurred as a result of heavy rains.

The Cundinamarca Firefighters have reported the updated balance of fatalities, which include five minors. In addition, nine people are still missing, while the rescue efforts continue, reports Caracol Radio.

The storm, on the other hand, has generated concern due to the risk for nearly fifty homes in the affected area, since, given the increase in river flow, the authorities have carried out a preventive evacuation.

The governor of the region, Nicolas Garcia, who has also confirmed the death toll, has indicated that during the course of the day the emergency services have carried out drone monitoring to observe the tributaries and activate the alarms when necessary.

The President of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, has sent a message to the loved ones of the victims of this natural disaster and has announced that the Government has provided aid for the relocation of residents because the river “still behaves abnormally.”

“The danger has not ceased and it is essential that the number of victims does not grow”, he has sentenced through a video to the public, in which he has informed that they will create an airlift to Bogota.

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