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One dead, 15 missing in Colombian landslide

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Relatives of people missing after a landslide await in La Cruz, Narino Department, Colombia on Dec. 13, 2011. Colombian authorities say a landslide in a mountainous southwestern region has killed a child and left about 15 people missing.

AP reports:

BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombian authorities say a landslide in a mountainous southwestern region has killed a child and left about 15 people missing.

Persistent heavy rains since September have wrought havoc across the rugged South American nation.

Regional civil defense director Mario Fernando Orozco tells The Associated Press that the latest disaster buried three homes in the town of La Cruz in Narino state around sunset Monday.

He says the body of a child age 7 or 8 has been recovered and that another 15 bodies are believed to still be buried in mud and debris.

 

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Relatives of people missing after a landslide cry in La Cruz, Narino Department, Colombia on Dec. 13, 2011.

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Rescue workers carry the body of a person trapped after a landslide, in La Cruz, Narino Department, on Dec. 13, 2011.