Media alert: Red Cross responds to deadly landslide in Colombia

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Panama/Geneva, 1 April 2017 – At least 127 people have been killed and 220 are missing following a landslide in the city of Macoa in Colombia’s south-western border province of Putumayo, according to local authorities.

The landslide, which happened late on 31 March local time, followed days of heavy rain that swelled the Mocoa, Mulato and Sangucayo rivers.

The Colombian Red Cross has activated its National Crisis Room, and has deployed a multi-discipline technical team of 47 people to bolster the efforts of local volunteers who have been responding since the disaster occurred.

The Red Cross team includes specialized personnel in health, search and rescue, water and sanitation, corpse management, psychosocial support, restoring family links, damage and needs assessment, and telecommunications.

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) aid workers in the region are on standby pending any request for international support.