At least 17 people have died and about 30 have been injured by a landslide on a highway in the department of Chocó, in Colombia, which has left dozens of vehicles trapped.
“We regret to report that so far 17 bodies have been recovered in the area of the tragedy, which are being transferred to the municipality of El Carmen de Atrato,” the Choco Government wrote on its official account on the social network Twitter.
Previously, the vice president of Colombia, Francia Márquez Mina, reported in her account that “they have been notified of an emergency on the Quibdó road, Medellín, at kilometer 17 of the municipality of Carmen del Atrato, Chocó, as a result of a landslide. of land that has left dozens of people and vehicles trapped in the area” and added that “approximately 30 people were injured by the avalanche.”
Márquez Mina has detailed in the same message that they are carrying out “the necessary actions to address this emergency” in coordination with the Mayor’s Office of Carmen del Atrato, the local Choco Police Command, the Civil Defense, the National Army of Colombia, the Ministry of Health and The National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD).