The death toll from a landslide generated by the rains in the department of Santander, in northeastern Colombia, amounted to nine, authorities confirmed today.
"The search was closed, where five minors and four adults were the result of the deaths in this emergency in Barrancabermeja, there are three minors who were recovered alive," said the risk management coordinator of Santander, Ramón Ramírez, at the end of a meeting of the unified command post that attends the emergency.
The landslide occurred early this morning in a settlement in the San Silvestre neighborhood, in the municipality of Barrancabermeja, and buried three houses.
"They tell me that this is a settlement that was formed 14 months ago, we want to see how they arrived because there are versions that say that some people had taken them there selling land and others, the situation is unfortunate," said the governor. of Santander, Didier Tavera.
The regional official also said that in the rescue work 211 people worked, including members of the Police, the Army, Civil Defense and firefighters.
In response to this situation, Colombian President Iván Duque sent the director of the National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD), Eduardo José González, to the area, who participated in the unified command post meeting.
"We are deeply hurt by the tragedy that occurred early this morning in Barrancabermeja as a result of heavy rains, and we have instructed the UNGRD to move to the area, attend to the victims and monitor the situation permanently," the president said on Twitter.
On October 11, another landslide generated by a heavy downpour in the municipality of Marquetalia, in the department of Caldas (center), left 12 dead.