Rescuers in southern Colombia scrambled overnight to reach more than 100 victims still missing more than a day after devastating mudslides tore through entire villages.
At least 254 people have been killed and around 400 more injured, the military said, after torrential rains Friday night caused three rivers surrounding Mocoa in Putumayo province to overflow, sending a stream of mud through the city.
The Red Cross put the death toll at 234, and said that 158 people were still missing.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos declared a sate of emergency and told reporters at the scene that the death toll could climb.
“The first thing I want to say is that my heart, our hearts, the hearts of all Colombians are with the victims of this tragedy,” he said.
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