A massive landslide in the southwestern department of Cauca destroyed several homes on Monday though there are no reports of any casualties.
The landslide struck the village of La Playa in the rural area of Tacueyo after the Palo River burst its banks. Two hundred families were evacuated prior to the disaster.
Speaking to Caracol Radio, Mayor Carlos Alberto Banguero of the neighboring municipality of Toribio said, “We know nothing yet about personal misfortunes but we hope that there are none. It has been raining heavily in the region and we are without power.”
The landslide is said to be moving toward the areas of El Palo and Guachene, forcing officials to advise inhabitants to leave their homes in order to avoid any casualties.
This is one of several natural disasters to have occurred over the last few days with five people having been killed in the southwest department of Nariño on Monday and a further four in Medellin on Sunday.
Authorities in large parts of the country are on the highest alert for landslides and floods after last year’s rainy season killed 310 Colombians.