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River Cali bursts its banks, six people dead, Colombia

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Severe flooding in the Cali city, Colombia, caused at least six deaths, as of December 1, 2016.

The flooding in the Siloé district, Cali, in the Valle del Cauca was reported by the National Unit for the Management of Disaster Risk (UNGRD) on December 1, as the Cali River overflowed its banks.

Three people reported injuries, at least two homes were destroyed and numerous others suffered significant damage. 

The collapsed houses have possibly left more people trapped and the fire services are currently performing search and rescue operations. Civil defense, fire services, and the local Red Cross are providing aid to the affected families. Landslides and toppled trees were reported, as well, and the IDEAM has put a red alert for landslides in effect until December 6.

According to the UNGRD, the full damage amount is currently being assessed. 

Widespread flooding in the Choco department, at the end of October, has affected thousands and caused deaths of at least four people.

Featured image credit: @adncali

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