Landslide sweeps bus off cliff in Colombia- 20 dead

April 15, 2011BOGOTA – AT LEAST 15 people were killed and five others were missing after a mudslide pushed a bus over an embankment and into a ravine, rescuers said on Thursday. Officials said the bus was hit by a wall of mud as it travelled along a stretch of highway some 280km west of Bogota, en route to the Colombian town of Manizales. The dead and missing included the vehicle’s two drivers and all 18 passengers, according to rescuers, who said that the bus was propelled over the embankment by the force of the avalanche. The mudslide occurred during a particularly heavy rainy season in Colombia this year. –Strait Times
Downpours caused by the La Nina weather phenomenon have killed hundreds of people across Colombia and forced more than 2 million from their homes in what the government calls the worst natural disaster in the country’s history. -Reuters
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