Colombia avalanche: At least 17 murdered and five harmed

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At the least 17 folks have been killed by a landslide on Sunday in south-western Colombia, officers say.

5 others have been injured and several other homes destroyed within the city of Rosas within the Cauca area.

The landslide occurred after days of torrential rains hit the area and authorities are persevering with to go looking the rubble.

Landslides are widespread within the Latin American nation, particularly in the course of the annual wet season.

“Sadly this occurs whenever you least count on it and, due to the wet season that we’ve got seen, that is what occurs,” stated the city’s mayor, Jesus Diaz.

In addition to in search of survivors, authorities are clearing particles which is obstructing a significant native freeway.

Colombian President Iván Duque visited the city on Sunday. He informed reporters that medical help and different housing was being organized for these caught up within the landslide.

“These are difficult times, but we are united as a country to help them,” said Mr Duque in a tweet.

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