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5 December 2010

Early reports of a serious landslide in Colombia

Colombia is currently suffering from exceptional rainfall, inducing widespread flooding and disruption. Yesterday a landslide occurred in the suburbs of Medellin in a very poor settlement called Bello, destroying a number of dwellings. At the moment there appears to be great confusion as to the likely impact of the slide, with the reported number of buried people ranging from 50 to 200 or more. The local national paper, El Tiempo, has a more considered report that includes eye-witness statements.

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