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Colombia reveals 92 children among victims of Mocoa mudslide

Luis Robayo, AFP | A man and his daughter sit amid the rubble in Mocoa, Putumayo department, Colombia on April 4, 2017.

There were 92 children among the 301 people killed in the giant mudslide that slammed the southern Colombian town of Mocoa last week, the government said Thursday.

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The landslide hit late Friday after heavy rains caused three rivers to flood, strewing earth, rocks and trees over the area. The death toll of children was made public by the country's Disasters Risk Management office.

Officials have turned over 218 bodies to grieving relatives, the office said, adding that at least 3,240 people were left homeless and in need of humanitarian aid.

While the official death toll stands at 301, President Juan Manuel Santos on Wednesday said 314 people are unaccounted for.

Mocoa, the capital of the department of Putumayo, was home to 70,000 people, about 45,000 of whom were affected by the disaster, according to the Red Cross.

Hardest-hit by the tragedy are impoverished neighborhoods populated with residents uprooted during Colombia's five-decade civil war.

(AFP)

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