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Heavy loss of life in Colombian landslide

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By Euronews
Heavy loss of life in Colombian landslide

<p>A raging torrent has ripped down a ravine in Colombia’s northwestern mountains and swept the town of Salgar away in a mixture of floodwater and dislodged mud and rock.</p> <p>The deadly landslide has claimed at least 61 lives and the authorities fear the number will rise.</p> <p>“You never imagine that something like this is going to happen and even less to see so many people you know, so many neighbours killed,but thanks to God I am fine along with my daughters and my granddaughter,” said one survivor.</p> <p>Rescue teams are struggling to find any survivors but access is difficult and equipment is slow to arrive to the disaster zone. </p> <p>Many people are working through the rubble with their bare hands in the race against time. President Juan Manuel Santos has flown over the area and has declared a public emergency.</p>