Bogota, April 8: At least 314 people are killed in the giant mudslide that slammed into the southern town of Mocoa last week. In this unfortunate incident over 102 children were also killed. The mudslide hit after heavy rains caused three rivers to flood, sending a sea of mud, boulders and debris crashing into the town.
According to the latest report of National Disasters Risk Management Unit over 330 people were injured and at least 4,500 had been made homeless. The disaster department had also received the information of nearly 130 people still missing among them three are foreigners: a Spaniard, a German and an Ecuadoran.
In an effort to speed up reconstruction, the government formally declared a 30-day state of economic, social and ecological emergency in Mocoa. However, this measure of government will allow direct contracting of services without the need for formal, more time-consuming procedures.
According to the Red Cross, Mocoa, the capital of the department of Putumayo, was home to 70,000 people, about 45,000 of whom were affected by the disaster. The mudslide turned Mocoa into a wasteland of earth, boulders and debris.
Notably, many survivors themselves had taken the disaster response effort into their own hands, clawing through the mud for their loved ones, digging their graves themselves and defending what belongings they have left from looters.
Importantly, Mocoa, the capital of the department of Putumayo, was home to 70,000 people, about 45,000 of whom were affected by the disaster.