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President: Colombia hit by 'worst national disaster'

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A boy plays in the middle of a landslide in Sabaneta, a town in the north west of Colombia, on April 25. Close to three million people have been affected and 418 people have been killed by the rains in the country during the last year, according to the Red Cross National Relief director, Cesar Urueña.

Months of heavy rains, flooding and mudslides have caused "the worst natural disaster that we can remember," Colombia's president said Monday night.

President Juan Manuel Santos said three million Colombians have been badly affected by heavy rains since the middle of last year. "It is as if our entire territory has been affected by a hurricane that came in halfway through last year and hasn't wanted to leave," he said. Continue reading.