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Sunday November 6, 2011

Rain-Fueled Landslide Kills at Least 21 People, Traps Dozens in Colombia

Rain-Fueled Landslide Kills at Least 21 People, Traps Dozens in Colombia

Photo: Deadly Landlside in Manizales, Colombia

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Colombian authorities and the Red Cross are reporting that at least 21 people are dead and dozens of others trapped in the northwestern city of Manizales from a landslide over the weekend.

Rooftops and homes gave way in the landslide that was caused by heavy rains.  Today Red Cross and other rescue workers were looking for signs of life amongst the rubble, with CNN reporting that at least 13 people have been rescued.

Red Cross rescue director Cesar Uruena reported that as of early today at least 20 to 40 people remain missing with most of the deceased having been identified. 

The country continues to struggle with one of the worst rainy seasons on record.  Thus far over 200,000 Colombians have had to be evacuated due to the rainy season.