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Four dead and 18 missing in Colombian mudslide

2017-11-09 04:47:29 (Beijing Time)         news.xinhuanet.com

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Photo provided by Colombia's Presidency shows Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (C) inspecting the mudslide site in Corinto Town of Cauca Department, southwest Colombia, Nov. 8, 2017. At least four people were dead, 28 others injured and 18 missing in a mudslide in Corinto, local authorities said on Wednesday. (Xinhua/Efrain Herrera/Colombia's Presidency)

BOGOTA, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- At least four people have died with 28 being injured and 18 more missing after a mudslide swept through the town of Corinto in Cauca Department in southwestern Colombia, local authorities announced on Wednesday.

The governor of Cauca Department, Oscar Campo, revealed the death toll after the mudslide hit on Tuesday after strong rains in recent days, which caused the La Paila river to overflow its banks.

Campo told the press that emergency teams and government assessment workers were on the site, along with the army and police, and the Red Cross, seeking those missing and helping those displaced.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos expressed his solidarity with the families of the deceased and those displaced.

He called on citizens to pay close attention to recommendations from authorities as the heavy rain season continues.

Writing on Twitter from Corinto, the president said the focus was on "attending to the immediate needs, and a plan in three stages is already under way, including humanitarian aid, stabilization and recovery."