Death toll rises after deadly mudslide in Colombia

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Handout picture released by the Colombian Presidential press office showing an aerial view of mudslides caused heavy rains, in Mocoa, Putumayo department. Mudslides in southern Colombia -caused by the rise of the Mocoa River and three tributaries- have claimed many lives. (AFP)

Handout picture released by the Colombian Presidential press office showing an aerial view of mudslides caused heavy rains, in Mocoa, Putumayo department. Mudslides in southern Colombia -caused by the rise of the Mocoa River and three tributaries- have claimed many lives. (AFP)

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Handout picture released by the Colombian Army press office showing soldiers helping to evacuate locals following mudslides caused by heavy rains, in Mocoa, Putumayo department. Mudslides killed more than 200 people after heavy rains caused rivers to overflow in Colombia’s Putumayo province, authorities said. (AFP)

Handout picture released by the Colombian Army press office showing soldiers helping to evacuate locals following mudslides caused by heavy rains, in Mocoa, Putumayo department. Mudslides killed more than 200 people after heavy rains caused rivers to overflow in Colombia’s Putumayo province, authorities said. (AFP)

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Rescuers seek people among the rubble left by mudslides following heavy rains in Mocoa. Rescuers clawed through piles of mud and twisted debris Sunday searching for survivors after violent mudslides destroyed homes in southern Colombia, killing over 200 people and injuring hundreds more. (Luis Robayo/AFP)

Rescuers seek people among the rubble left by mudslides following heavy rains in Mocoa. Rescuers clawed through piles of mud and twisted debris Sunday searching for survivors after violent mudslides destroyed homes in southern Colombia, killing over 200 people and injuring hundreds more. (Luis Robayo/AFP)

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A man looks at a destroyed area after heavy rains caused several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks into buildings and roads in Mocoa. The mudslides slammed Mocoa late Friday after days of torrential rain in the Amazon basin area town of 40,000. (Jaime Saldarriaga/REUTERS)

A man looks at a destroyed area after heavy rains caused several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks into buildings and roads in Mocoa. The mudslides slammed Mocoa late Friday after days of torrential rain in the Amazon basin area town of 40,000. (Jaime Saldarriaga/REUTERS)

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A man looks at the damage caused by mudslides following heavy rains in Mocoa, Putumayo department, southern Colombia. One thousand emergency personnel, including soldiers and local police, were helping the rescue effort. (Luis Robayo/AFP)

A man looks at the damage caused by mudslides following heavy rains in Mocoa, Putumayo department, southern Colombia. One thousand emergency personnel, including soldiers and local police, were helping the rescue effort. (Luis Robayo/AFP)

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A man talks on his mobile phone amid the rubble left by mudslides following heavy rains, in Mocoa. Mocoa was left without power or running water, and there were reports of people looting stores in search of bottled water. (Luis Robayo/AFP)

A man talks on his mobile phone amid the rubble left by mudslides following heavy rains, in Mocoa. Mocoa was left without power or running water, and there were reports of people looting stores in search of bottled water. (Luis Robayo/AFP)

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People walk through the rubble left by mudslides following heavy rains in Mocoa. Several deadly landslides have struck Colombia in recent months. (Luis Robayo/AFP)

People walk through the rubble left by mudslides following heavy rains in Mocoa. Several deadly landslides have struck Colombia in recent months. (Luis Robayo/AFP)

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People look at the damages caused by mudslides. A landslide in November killed nine people in the rural southwestern town of El Tambo, officials said at the time. (Luis Robayo/AFP)

People look at the damages caused by mudslides. A landslide in November killed nine people in the rural southwestern town of El Tambo, officials said at the time. (Luis Robayo/AFP)

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Rescue agencies look for bodies in a destroyed area after heavy rains caused several rivers to overflow. A landslide the month before killed 10 people in the north of the country. (Jaime Saldarriaga/Reuters)

Rescue agencies look for bodies in a destroyed area after heavy rains caused several rivers to overflow. A landslide the month before killed 10 people in the north of the country. (Jaime Saldarriaga/Reuters)

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Rescuers carry a woman after heavy rains caused a nearby river to overflow and surge mud and debris into Mocoa. Climate change can play a big role in the scale of natural disasters, such as this one, a senior UN official said. (NYT)

Rescuers carry a woman after heavy rains caused a nearby river to overflow and surge mud and debris into Mocoa. Climate change can play a big role in the scale of natural disasters, such as this one, a senior UN official said. (NYT)

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Hand-out picture released by the Colombian Army press office showing the corpse of a man caught in a mudslide caused by heavy rains, in Mocoa. (AFP)

Hand-out picture released by the Colombian Army press office showing the corpse of a man caught in a mudslide caused by heavy rains, in Mocoa. (AFP)

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