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33 killed in mudslide in northwest Colombia

A mudslide brought on by heavy rains in northwest Colombia killed at least 33 people and injured dozens on a busy highway.

The mudslide, which happened yesterday afternoon, covered a roadway that connects the cities of Quibdo and Medellin in the Pacific province of Choco.

“I deeply regret the death of 33 people in this tragedy, mostly children, according to preliminary reports from the territory,” Vice President Francia Marquez wrote on social media site X.

At least 35 people were also injured and an unknown number of people are still missing as mud completely engulfed several cars on the road, authorities said.

“The extraction of bodies continues,” the governor of Choco said in a statement shared on social media.

Images on social media showed the moment a large piece of land dislodged from a mountain.

It fell on top of several cars that were moving along the flooded road below.

The road has been closed by Colombia’s National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD).

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