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Poor hillside residents in Colombia fear mudslides as heavy rains to last through early 2012

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A man stands on the ruins of his house, destroyed by a recent landslide on the oustskirts of Bogota, Colombia, Nov. 18. People living in the impoverished neighborhoods in the hills surrounding the Colombian capital live in constant fear of devastating mudslides which threaten not only their houses but their lives as well. At least 98 people have died since September as a result of Colombia's second annual rainy season, according to the Red Cross. State weather monitors have warned that the heavy rains, which began in September, will last through the first months of 2012 due to the cyclical La Nina weather phenomenon.

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A woman stands outside her house in an impoverished neighborhood on the oustskirts of Bogota, Colombia, on Nov. 18.

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A nearby hill is framed by a hole on the wall of a house in ruins after a recent landslide on the oustskirts of Bogota, Colombia, Nov. 18.

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Local residents walk down an "alley" in an impoverished neighborhood on the oustskirts of Bogota, Colombia, Nov. 18.

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Picture of a neighborhood on the oustskirts of Bogota, Colombia, Nov. 18.

 See a PhotoBlog post of one of the devastating mudslides that occured in Colombia on Nov. 5.