Victims from the mudslide in the southwest of Colombia have increased since the tragedy struck on Saturday morning.
A mudslide caused by heavy rains flooded a village in the southwest department of Huila on Saturday and took the rural settlements of Villa de Prado and Remolinos by storm.
The flood and ensuing mudslide caused by the overflow of La Chorrera gorge left at least six dead, six injured, nine missing and over 100 people affected, according to the Colombian authorities on natural disasters.
Sunday morning the search continued for the rest of the at least nine missing persons. Two were found dead among the mud and rocks.
Polidoro Muñoz, a survivor, remembered the tragedy that woke him saying, “It was about 5 in the morning. Soon it sounded as though a plane had exploded. Later there was a grueling sound, that gave no time for anything,” he said as reported by newspaper El Tiempo.
Tiles were all that were left among the ruins of humble dwellings in the two villages. Those that had to evacuate stayed the next two nights in a municipal building and a neighboring school.
Authorities are working very hard to recover the missing persons and help those that had to evacuate their homes.