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Mudslide buries bus on Colombian highway, killing at least 34 people

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A mudslide triggered by torrential rain buried a bus and hit two other vehicles on a highway in central Colombia, killing at least 34 people, authorities said Monday.

The National Disaster Risk Management Unit said in a statement that eight children were among the dead.

Sunday’s mudslide split a highway in two in the town of Pueblo Rico in the Risaralda district. There were 33 people on board the bus which was buried under two meters of mud and earth. A car with six passengers and a motorcycle with two people were also hit.

More than 70 search and rescue workers using backhoes and other equipment tried to reach the survivors, but ended their search Monday afternoon after 24 hours.

“Solidarity with the families of the victims, they will have the full support of the national government,” Colombian President Gustavo Petro tweeted.

At least 34 people have died in a bus swallowed by a mudslide in Colombia.


Rescuers carry 9-year-old Saray Mosquera when she was rescued from a landslide in Risaralda, Colombia on Sunday

Rescuers carry 9-year-old Saray Mosquera after landslides buried a bus in Colombia.


It took authorities 70 hours to dig up the bus.

In addition to the bus, a car carrying six people was hit.


The city was under threat of a landslide due to heavy rain caused by the La Niña weather phenomenon, according to Colombia’s national emergency management agency.

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