The death toll from the avalanche in central Colombia rises to 26 and 3 remain missing

There are already 26 bodies recovered after the avalanche of mud and water that occurred at dawn last Tuesday in the town of Quetame, in the Colombian department of Cundinamarca (center), as reported this Friday by the governor of that region, Nicolás García, who added that they are looking for 3 other people.

“The search for the missing persons ends for today. Today we have found 5 more bodies for a total of 26. We have the task tomorrow of the 3 people who are still missing,” García reported through his social networks.

This Friday, more than 100 families in Quetame, who lived between the Negro and Contador rivers, were evacuated due to the risk of another possible avalanche.

The rescue work continued throughout the day today, despite the fact that the adverse weather conditions continue, in the area where the people were trapped after the overflow of two streams, caused by heavy rains, at dawn on Tuesday that destroyed part of the Naranjal hamlet, located in the rural area of ​​Quetame.

According to data from the Mayor’s Office of Quetame, which belongs to the department of Cundinamarca, there are 20 houses missing under the mud left by the avalanche and the avalanche also destroyed a bridge, which caused the closure of the highway that connects Bogotá with Villavicencio, capital of the department of Meta and one of the main agricultural pantries in the country.

RECONSTRUCTION OF THE TRACKS

The president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, was today monitoring the situation in the area, where the possibilities of new accidents are growing because the rains do not stop.

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Meanwhile, the authorities are working to try to restore communication in the area, since the avalanche caused the closure of the highway that connects Bogotá with Villavicencio, capital of the Meta department and one of the main agricultural pantries in the country.

“The structure of the first of the two modular bridges that are going to be installed to rehabilitate the road to Llano has already arrived in the municipality,” reported the governor of Cundinamarca, who hopes that installation will begin on Sunday to be able to restore traffic.

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