La Niña and global warming blamed as torrential rains swamp Colombia

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Hundreds die and thousands are made homeless as record-level rainfall and floods affect three-quarters of the country

Marie Delcas Guardian Weekly, Tuesday 10 May 2011 14.08 BST

It has never rained so much in Colombia. "Over the past 10 months we have registered five or six times more rainfall than usual," says weather specialist Ricardo Lozano. Torrential rain and flooding have affected more than three-quarters of the country. The most recent Red Cross bulletin reports 425 fatalities and 3 million disaster victims.

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