Colombia landslide kills 19, more than 100 missing

Rescuers pulled 19 bodies on Monday from a mudslide in northwestern Colombia where more than 100 people are still missing after weeks of heavy rain across the Andean nation.

Relatives sobbed as rescue workers and neighbors used earthmovers, picks and shovels to dig through the mud after a sodden hillside collapsed on Sunday and buried 50 homes in Bello town, near Antioquia province’s capital Medellin.

“In total we have recovered 19 bodies and we are still searching,” said Jorge Ivan Nova, sub-director of rescue operations at the Red Cross. “We are still working because there is hope we could find people alive.”

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