Sunday, April 2, 2017

Colombia landslide: Dozens of children among the dead

On April 1st, 2017, a deadly landslide devastated areas of south-western Colombia. The heavy rain, mud, and rocks buried entire neighborhoods and forced people to flee. The extreme amount of rainfall caused rivers to overflow and created cascades which carried away debris and many residents. There is an estimated 200 people reported missing, including many children, and there are hundreds injured. The increasing occurrence of such natural disasters is attributed to climate change and deforestation which removes trees that act as protective barriers from landslides from the river basins. In recent months, there have been numerous dangerous landslides that have ravaged many areas in South America. 

-Sarah Obrist 

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