May 27, 2007
Heavy rains in southern and western Colombia have caused a mudslide that has seriously affected 30 neighborhoods and left dozens homeless. The flooding took place in Cali, the country's third biggest city where rescue workers had to evacuate people from their residences and vehicles, AP reported. "Every time it rains there are floods; we and our neighbors are affected, so we cordially ask our mayor to help us because everybody has been affected. There are children also, and this (water) has a lot of bacteria, a lot of diseases," said German Arciniegas, a resident of Cali. ''All the underground pipes are blocked. This is getting bad, really bad,'' another resident said. In southern Colombia, authorities declared a state of emergency on Saturday after a mudslide caused by heavy rains destroyed 12 houses and left dozens homeless.