Landslide buries bus in Colombia, leaving at least 34 people dead

Landslide buries bus in Colombia, leaving at least 12 people dead

At least 12 people have lost their lives after a landslide buried a bus in Colombia’s Risaralda Province on December 4, 2022.

The slide took place between the villages of Pueblo Rico and Santa Cecilia and was caused by continuous heavy rainfall.

Five people had been rescued alive and rescue workers continue searching the scene for others, Victor Manuel Tamayo, Risaralda’s governor, told reporters on Monday.1

“All the work is being done to recover the bodies that are still inside the bus,” Tamayo said.

Officials said at least 25 people were on the bus traveling between Cali, Colombia’s third largest city, and Condoto, in Choco province.

Update

The number of fatalities increased to 34 on December 6, as reported by the National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD).

Across Colombia, one person is missing due to flash floods in Huila Department (south-western Colombia), while a river overflow event in Cauca Department (south-western Colombia) left 68 displaced people and 17 damaged houses. More floods and landslides have been reported across the Departments of North Santander (north-eastern Colombia), Cundinamarca, and Quindio (central Colombia), DG ECHO reports.

References:

1 Landslide buries bus in Colombia, at least 12 dead – governor – Reuters – December 5, 2022

Featured image credit: Gobernación de Risaralda

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