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Colombia landslide victims struggle with loss of family, possessions

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 01:00

iPeople in Colomba struggle to cope with the loss of homes and loved ones after a devastating landslide earlier in the week. Julie Noce reports.

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Search dogs hunt for victims under piles of earth and debris after a landslide devastated this mountain village in northwest Colombia. In the worst disaster of its kind in a decade, water and mud crashed into homes killing more than 70 people on Monday. Officials say the death toll is expected to rise. For some of the more than 500 families whose homes were destroyed, this shelter is their temporary home. People here have lost everything, including family members. Many are struggling to come to terms with the loss. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) LANDSLIDE VICTIM, CAROLINA RAMIREZ, SAYING: "Very difficult, very difficult and everything is very sad. A lot of families feel powerless, there are still many missing. There's a lot of pain, a lot of sadness. This is something that we never thought would happen. It's something unexpected." Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, has declared the area a public emergency and promised free houses to those who lost theirs in the disaster.

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Colombia landslide victims struggle with loss of family, possessions

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 01:00