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60,000 homeless in Colombia floods

Columbia, S.A.
Some 60,000 people are left homeless in Colombia after five of the nation's rivers burst their banks due to heavy rains, officials say.

The rivers of Magdalena, Cauca, Rancheria, Sogamoso and San Jorge all overflowed their banks, destroying homes and crops, said the Disaster Prevention and Care Office on Wednesday.

In the northern towns of Cienaga, El Banco, Fundacion, Aracataca and Sitio Nuevo, some 23,000 people were left homeless.

Rescuers reported the situation is getting worse in the northern department of Sucre, due to heavy rains in Guaranda, San Marcos and San Benito Abad.
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