Heavy rain kills nine in Colombia

May 29th, 2008 - 3:18 pm ICT by admin  

Bogota, May 29 (IANS) At least nine people have been killed and 32 injured in incidents related to heavy rain for the past two days that paralysed normal life across Colombia, Spain’s EFE news agency reported Thursday. The rain has affected more than 100,000 people in the country, the report quoted Social Protection Minister Diego Palacio Betancourt as saying.

The rain caused flooding and mud slides in the region, the minister said.

The situation grew worse after the water level of the country’s main river Magdalena swelled to a dangerous proportion Tuesday, causing extensive floods in the floodplain towns of La Dorada, Honda and Puerto Salgar.

The minister has ordered local authorities to start rescue and relief work expeditiously and evacuate the residents from the high-risk areas.

Disaster management officials said more than 370 houses had been destroyed and over 10,000 damaged across the country due to rain.

Weather officials have forecast rain in the region until the end of June.

Many roads were cut off due to mud slides caused by the rain and large stretches of the highways and bridges have been washed away in the flood.

Five people, including three children, have been killed due to mud slide in a village close to the country’s border. Seven people injured, officials said.

Twelve people were injured in La Gabarra Tuesday after a house collapsed in a mud slide.

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