Colombia: 20 bodies found in landslide, 100 still missing

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 6, 2010 22:43

BELLO, Colombia — Rescue workers recovered 20 bodies but said more than 100 people remained missing and feared dead Monday following a landslide that buried a poor Medellin suburb in tons of sodden soil.

Sunday's landslide was triggered by Colombia's worst rains in at least 40 years, which also have driven thousands from their homes and damaged coffee and flower crops.

Claudia Patricia Molina, 37, lost her home. She was about four blocks away, visiting friends, when she heard "what sounded as if someone had placed a bomb, and smoke rose."

"It shook powerfully and when we looked over we saw rocks falling," she added. A couple who lived next to Molina were buried alive with their 2-year-old daughter, she said. Thirty brick homes were buried by at least 1.7 million cubic feet (50,000 cubic meters) of earth, said John Rendon, disaster coordinator for Antioquia state, where the suburb of Bello is located.


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