Torrential rains and flooding have killed at least ten people at a mining camp in mountainous northwest Colombia, with another 17 reported missing or injured on Wednesday evening.
Major Hector Urrego said that the flooding at Abriaqui in the Antioquia department surprised a group of miners as they were eating dinner on Wednesday evening.
“The guys were at dinner, some were preparing to rest, others were leaving work when the flood arrived at the El Porvenir gold mine,” Urrego said.
Urrego added that 20 families were evacuated from a nearby town due to the risk of further flooding, with various rivers around Abriaqui threatening to burst their banks.
The Antioquia government said that the flooding destroyed one level of the mining camp and a part of a plant in the mountainous area.
Colombian President Ivan Duque expressed solidarity with the victim’s families on Twitter.
“Relief agencies work with @UNGRD in search operations for the missing,” Duque said in a tweet.
The National Disaster Risk Management Unit said the preliminary toll was 10 dead, seven missing, and another 10 injured.
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