The number of deaths due to a landslide in the municipality of Mallama, in the Colombian department of Nariño, rose to 14 people, after 20 were reported missing after the landslide that affected several structures, local media report.
The day before, the National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD) had counted 11 deaths, which now increased to 14. Until now 10 injured have been treated, of which eight were discharged and two were taken to health centers in Pasto, the capital, and Tumaco.
In the press it emerged that most of the victims are women who were in a pool hall, which was buried by an avalanche of mud and stones, as well as a restaurant, a hotel and two houses. Secondly, the corpses have already been transferred to Forensic Medicine in the municipality of Túquerres.
The rescue teams continue to carry out search and rescue work in the area after the avalanche, which occurred as a result of the heavy rains that have been registered in that rural municipality, close to the border with Ecuador.
The UNGRD reported on its Twitter account that its director, Eduardo José González, will arrive at the site this Wednesday and that urban search and rescue teams will be deployed.
In addition, the damage assessment and needs analysis will begin, while the area will be monitored every six hours. The machinery for the removal of debris has already been set up on the ground and the Army will move to the municipality.
To you @UNGRD Eduardo José González, will travel early tomorrow morning to the town of Mallama, Nariño, where in the last hours a phenomenon of mass removal occurred, leaving 11 people dead, 10 injured, 15-20 missing people and 2 homes. destroyed. pic.twitter.com/XNeDp37KpL
— UNGRD🇨🇴 (@UNGRD) November 3, 2021
In the zone, according El Tiempo, overflights with drones, technical evaluation by geologists and engineers and temporary accommodation of victims are also carried out.
Due to the rainfall, the municipalities of Mallama and Ricaurte are on alert because new landslides could occur, so the population living near rivers and slopes was asked to be attentive to the eventual need for a rapid evacuation.
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