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Rio Páez evacuation continued amid fears of new mudslide


Columbia, S.A.
Authorities continue evacuating people from Belalcázar, La Plata and Inza, towns on the shore of the Rio Paéz amid fears of a new avalanche. Official figures say the avalanche set off by the eruption of the Nevado del Huila volcano last Thursday killed six people, but fears are many more died. Some reports say 150 people are still missing. Large amounts of water currently in a recess are still threatening to come down if another eruption, heavy rains or earth quake hits the region. The avalanche that follows the release of this water could produce an avalanche bigger than the one that hit the villages Saturday, when a second mudslide hit the already heavily affected areas.
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