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Heavy flooding hits western Colombia

Friday, April 22, 2011 - 01:05

Apr 22 - Dozens of families are forced from their homes as rising flood waters leave much of western Colombia on red alert. Travis Brecher reports.

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Swollen rivers spill over their banks, flooding homes and businesses in towns across Colombia. As darkness set in Thursday, firefighters and emergency crews evacuated dozens of families from flood zones, as large swathes of the South American nation were put under red alert. Areas near the Venezuelan border were hit particularly hard, where acres of farmland and nearby urban centres were underwater. The rising flood waters -- brought on by the La Nina weather phenomenon -- also threatened local highways, with cars struggling to pass. Thirteen of Colombia's 32 departments are reporting emergencies from the sustained rainfall, with nearby areas in Venezuela also affected. Colombian weather agencies have said the rain could continue into June, though they expect lighter rainfall than the country has seen so far in April. Travis Brecher, Reuters

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Heavy flooding hits western Colombia

Friday, April 22, 2011 - 01:05