Mocoa (Colombia): More than 200 people lost their lives after an avalanche of water from an overflowing river swept through the city in Colombia. Heavy loss to properties were also reported.
The incident took place after a heavy rainfall that occurred in the wee hours on Sunday. More than 300 people were severely injured and were immediately rushed to the nearby hospital.
According to doctor Herman Granados, "There are likely to be more than 300 people injured. Many of them are in critical condition and we are trying our best to save their lives."
"Many people are still trapped under the debris," said one of the disaster authorities. He further stated, "A big portion of the many houses were just taken by the avalanche, but above all the people were warned with enough time and they were able to get out, but houses in 17 neighborhoods have basically been erased."
The bodies were shifted to a temporary morgue where three teams of medical examiners were working around the clock to identify the remains.
President Juan Manuel Santos visited the Mocoa and declared the city a disaster zone. Expressing his grief over this depressing situation, he stated, "Our prayers are with the victims."
Many relatives have also lost their family members and are still searching for them.
Rescue operations are still underway.