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Colombia landslide search resumes as death toll revised back up to more than 250

Colombia landslide search resumes as death toll revised back up to more than 250

A grim search for the missing has resumed in southern Colombia after surging rivers sent an avalanche of floodwaters, mud and debris through a city, killing at least 254 people and leaving many more injured and homeless.

People in Mocoa pried through piles of rocks and wooden planks that entombed homes. Streets were covered in thick sand, mud and tree limbs from the rivers and rainforest that surround the city.

There was little drinking water and no power, which forced authorities to suspend the search and rescue effort during the night.

There was disagreement over the death toll for hours after the disaster but late on Sunday evening, local time, the Government's total was increased to match the 254-person figure originally released by the army. More than 200 were injured and rescue efforts are continuing to locate remains in the debris.

Source: abc.net.au