The Wall Street Journal: Search for survivors in Colombia after flooding, landslide kill hundreds

The Wall Street Journal: Search for survivors in Colombia after flooding, landslide kill hundreds

MOCOA, Colombia — In boats, in helicopters and on foot, Colombia’s army and emergency response teams continued their search Sunday morning for survivors of a flood and landslide in remote Putumayo state that left more than 200 people dead and more than 200 others missing, officials said.


The death toll as of late Sunday stood at 248, the forensics unit of Colombia’s attorney general’s office said. President Juan Manuel Santos said during his second visit in two days to the decimated city of Mocoa, the capital of the state in southern Colombia, that at least 170 of the dead have been identified.


Deadly Floods in Mocoa, Colombia

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Severe flooding left more than 200 dead in the Colombian city of Mocoa, and hundreds more are missing. Photo: Reuters



Members of Colombia’s national disaster-response agency were distributing food and water Sunday morning to the 50,000 residents of the city, Carlos Negret, Colombia’s public ombudsman, said on the country’s national Caracol radio.


Swollen rivers here washed away houses, cars and buildings in the area on Friday night in one of the worst natural disasters Colombia has seen in decades. The floods also destroyed a main power plant for Putumayo state, Negret said, leaving hundreds of thousands without electricity.


An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.


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