At least 254 people have been killed as flooding and mudslides hit the Columbian city of Mocao on Saturday.
Hundreds more were injured as heavy rains caused several rivers to over flow, pushing sediment and rocks into houses and roads in the city, which lies southwest of Columbia in Putmayo province.
“It was torrential rainstorm, it got really strong between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m.,” a local resident who was looking for his father-in-law in the debris, was quoted as saying by Reuters.
“My mother-in-law was also missing, but we found her alive two kilometres away. She has head injuries, but she was conscious,” the 42-year-old added.
According to Columbian army, 254 people lost their lives while 400 more were injured. 200 others went missing.
The recent tragedy marked deadliest landslide in the mountainous country in recent years. A landslide in 2015 in the country killed 80 people. Columbia’s deadliest landslide occurred in 1985, which left more than 20,000 dead.