At least 11 people were killed in a landslide that struck the town of Marquetalia (Caldas department) around 02:30 (local time) on Thursday, October 11; four people were injured and a number of others have been reported missing. Surrounding areas have been evacuated and rescue operations have been temporarily suspended due to fears of further landslides amid continued rain.
Landslides and flooding are common in Colombia during the rainy seasons, which typically occur in October-November and April-May. Generally speaking, the flood risk is highest along rivers and the landslide risk is highest in hilly or mountainous zones, particularly in poorer areas lacking proper building code standards.
Individuals in Colombia are advised to avoid Marquetalia until the situation stabilizes, follow local weather reports and weather alerts issued by the national weather service IDEAM, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities (e.g. potential evacuation orders).
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