Colombia

Many killed, injured in mudslide in west Colombia

Heavy rains caused a mudslide to sweep through a residential area in a western Colombian town on Tuesday morning, killing at least 14 people and injuring 35 others, authorities said.

Heavy rains caused a mudslide to sweep through a residential area in a western Colombian town on Tuesday morning, killing at least 14 people and injuring 35 others, authorities said.

Early morning rains triggered a landslide on a mountain in west-central Risaralda province, burying several houses in the poor municipality of Dosquebradas.

The disaster relief agency released a photo showing a gap in the lush vegetation following the mudslide.

Rescue teams said they feared further mudslides could cause a dam to form on the nearby Otun River, exacerbating the disaster.

Several families living near the river have been evacuated due to the risk of flooding.