MORE than 100 children are now confirmed to be among more than 300 people killed in a catastrophic mudslide which crashed through the southern Colombian city of Mocoa last week.
Hours of heavy rainfall caused three rivers to rapidly rise and burst their banks, sending an avalanche of mud, rocks, and debris surging down a hill and into the capital of the department of Putumayo.
It’s understood an emergency warning siren was activated, but for many, it was too late.
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On Friday, the country’s National Disasters Risk Management Unit said the death toll had risen to 314 – at least 102 of those confirmed dead are children.
A further 332 people were injured in the disaster and at least 4,506 others have been left homeless.
Another 127 people remain unaccounted for.
According to the Red Cross, of the city’s 70,000 residents, 45,000 were affected, with the hardest hit areas home to those displaced during Colombia’s five-decade civil war.
Investigations are now underway to determine whether buildings codes were correctly enforced and if adequate planning was in place for natural disasters at the time the mudslide hit.