Deadly mudslide kills 30 people in Colombia

Video: Passengers were getting off a bus when the mudslide hit

BY Alex Lewis
LAST UPDATED AT 14:40 ON Wed 29 Sep 2010

A landslide has buried up to 30 people on a mountain road in Colombia. The victims had been getting off a bus in order to continue their journey on foot because the road they were travelling along was closed due to the risk of mudslides.

Their fate was caught on video as thousands of tonnes of earth swept down the hillside - burying everyone in its path.

"There are no survivors, that's for sure," said regional disaster relief chief John Freddy Rendon.

Rescue officials said it would take at least a week to retrieve the bodies.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos visited the scene of the disaster and offered his condolences to the victims' families.

"The first thing I'd like to say is that our hearts are with the families of the people who have disappeared here, we are doing our best to locate them," he said.

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