The mayor of Novita, Iber Antonio Lopez, believes that heavy rains and a nearby earthquake caused the landslide.
Most of the victims are miners and peasants who were working in a gold mine. “The situation is very critical. We need a lot of help … because Carmen de Surama [where the gold mine is located] is four hours away from Novita,” the mayor said.
Authorities advise local communities to evacuate the area in case new landslides occur.