Mudslide buries bus on Colombia highway, killing at least 34

A mudslide triggered by torrential rain buried a bus and affected 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.

Mudslide Sunday split a highway in half in the town of Pueblo Rico, in the district of Risaralda. There were 33 people on the bus, which was buried under two meters of mud and dirt. A car with six occupants and a motorcycle with two people were also affected.

More than 70 search and rescue workers tried to reach survivors with excavators and other equipment, but they ended their search after 24 hours Monday afternoon.

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

At least eight children were among the dead.

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


Rescuers carry Saray Mosquera, 9, as she was rescued from a landslide in Risaralda, Colombia on Sunday

Rescuers carry Saray Mosquera, 9, after mudslides buried a bus in Colombia.


It took authorities 70 hours to dig up the bus.

In addition to the bus, a car with six people was also affected.


The city was threatened by a mudslide due to heavy rains caused by the La Niña weather phenomenon, according to Colombia’s National Disaster Management Agency.

https://nypost.com/2022/12/07/mudslide-buries-bus-on-highway-in-colombia-killing-at-least-34/ Mudslide buries bus on Colombia highway, killing at least 34

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