Colombia mudslide death toll rises to 20

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Colombia mudslide death toll rises to 20

The National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD) declared that over 14 people have died as many more were wounded when a mudslide hit houses in a small community in southwest Colombia on Sunday.

Rescue workers carry a corpse after a landslide in Rosas, Valle del Cauca department, in southwestern Colombia.

A UNGRD source told reporters that another 10 people are still unaccounted for and hopes of finding them alive are reducing.

Landslides are common in mountainous Colombia, especially during the rainy season and in areas where precarious informal housing and narrow roadways are constructed on deforested Andean hillsides.

Heavy rains triggered the mudslide in the province of Cauca, the country's disaster relief agency said.

Mayor Díaz said it was known that the homes were at high risk of mudslides and that residents had been warned a year ago to relocate.

Colombian President Ivan Duque sent his condolences via Twitter.

Emergency workers will continue searching for the missing and work is also under way to clear mud from the Panamerican Highway, which was partly blocked by the landslide.

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