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Colombia on disaster alert after floods

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 01:06

May 17 - Much of Colombia is on red alert as heavy rains push rivers over their banks and increase the threat of landslides. Travis Brecher reports.

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Much of Colombia is on red alert -- braced for more flooding after hours of heavy rains caused rivers to burst their banks. The rushing waters threaten mountain villages -- and many homes have already been flooded. The region's emergency services directors says evacuations may be necessary in some areas. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY RESPINSE LUIS FERNANDO PINERO, SAYING: "Unfortunately, the reservoir has overflowed and that has affected the area around the Chicamocha River. The whole town has already been warned and they are probably already keeping an eye on it for any necessary evacuations and to avoid victims." Colombia recorded its wettest April on record this year. The latest floods come after heavy rains late last year caused the country's worst natural disaster, with over 400 people killed and three million people displaced. Travis Brecher, Reuters

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Colombia on disaster alert after floods

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 01:06