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Search is on for dozens missing after Colombia landslide

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 01:02

Colombia's president says firefighters, police and others are searching for missing in area hit by landslide. Katie Sargent reports

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The search is on for dozens of people missing following a landslide in the mountains of northwest Colombia. Officials said at least 52 people were killed when the mud and water came crashing down on Monday. Colombia's president flew over the affected area south of Medellin and said they're still trying to determine how many people were missing. (SOUNDBITE) COLOMBIAN PRESIDENT JUAN MANUEL SANTOS SAYING, "(We need) to start a process of identifying people who are missing. We don't know how many people are missing. There are close to 166 people searching for these missing people from various relief agencies -- from the Red Cross, firefighters, from the civil defence forces of the police of course, and the military." Local residents were pitching in to help not just in the search but in relief efforts as well. Volunteers packed bags with food and other aid. The president declared a public emergency, freeing up relief funds for the victims.

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Search is on for dozens missing after Colombia landslide

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 01:02