May 18, 2015 12:34 PM
Flood, mudslide sweeps away homes in Colombia, killing 39
The Associated Press
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) At least 39 people were killed Monday when a mudslide triggered by heavy rains swept away dozens of ramshackle homes in its path during the dead of night.
The disaster took place around 3 a.m. local time (4 a.m. EDT; 800 GMT) in the town of Salgar, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) southwest of Medellin.
Disaster relief authorities were rushing to the town on orders of President Juan Manuel Santos.
Gen. Jose Angel Mendoza, the top police official for the area, told Blu Radio that 39 people are confirmed dead but that the number of casualties is likely to rise.
He said that the flooding from when a ravine broke its banks had overtaken even less hazardous parts of the town. He called on authorities to send water and food supplies.