Recovery Work Continues in Mocoa as Death Toll From Landslide Tops 300

Search and rescue operations continued in the southwestern Colombian town of Mocoa on April 6, five days after severe flooding triggered an enormous landslide that killed more than 300 people, according to official reports.

At least 1,800 government and humanitarian workers, including military personnel, were mobilized within 12 hours of the landslide on Saturday, April 1.

By Thursday, the National Institute of Forensic Medicine and Forensic Sciences was reporting that 191 bodies had been identified, and that 99 of those killed were under 18 years of age. This footage from Thursday shows debris being cleared around a vehicle that got caught up in the landslide.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos visited Mocoa on Monday to announce that $13.9 million (40 billion Colombian pesos) would be allocated for aid and reconstruction efforts. Credit: Instagram/Cynthia Vargas Castillo via Storyful

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