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Image: Rescue members walk during the burial of a companion who died after flooding and mudslides caused by heavy rains lead several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks into buildings and roads, in Mocoa

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Colombia Mourns Hundreds Killed in Mudslides

Almost 300 died when rivers surrounding Mocoa overflowed and sent a wall of water and debris surging through the city over the weekend.

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Image: Aerial view of a neighborhood destroyed after flooding and mudslides caused by heavy rains leading several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks into buildings and roads, in Mocoa

A neighborhood is destroyed after flooding and mudslides caused by heavy rains in Mocoa, Colombia on April 3, 2017.

A month's worth of rain fell in a single night late Friday and early Saturday, causing one of the worst recent natural disasters in Colombia.

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Image: A woman is seen on a destroyed street after flooding and mudslides caused by heavy rains in Mocoa

A woman is surrounded by downed tree limbs on April 2.

Three of the six rivers surrounding Mocoa overran their banks. A wall of muddy brown water and tree limbs raced through the streets, destroying homes and carrying away cars and appliances like driftwood. At least 290 people, many of them children, were swept away, and died, according to the most recent count released by the government Wednesday. There were about 330 injured, including 19 in the hospital, and many still unaccounted for amid the wreckage.

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Image: Women stare at damages caused by mudslides

Women survey damage caused by the mudslides on April 2.

Much of Mocoa remains strewn with rocks, tree limbs, and brown muck.

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Image: People carry their belongings amidst the rubble left by mudslides

People salvage some of their belongings on April 2.

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Image: Tree trunks and mud cover a street in Mocoa

Tree limbs and mud cover a street on April 2.

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Image: A couple wait outside their home damaged by mudslides

A couple waits outside their home on April 2.

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Image: A wounded girl waits for medical attention at a shelter in Mocoa

A wounded girl waits for medical attention at a shelter in Mocoa on April 3.

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Image: Aerial view of the mountain where the landslide originated after flooding and mudslides caused by heavy rains leading several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks into buildings and roads, in Mocoa

A hillside remains exposed after it collapsed over the weekend from heavy rainfall, on April 3.

Mocoa was vulnerable because of its location, amid a confluence of rivers in the wet subtropical Amazon region of southern Colombia. The danger had grown worse as trees were cut down for cattle ranching and other agriculture, removing critical protection against flooding and landslides. Then came an influx of new residents, many fleeing the violence from the government's long fight with guerrilla forces.

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Soldiers and members of the Colombian Red Cross recover the body of a victim on April 3.

The survivors of the deadly flood that washed through this city in southern Colombia started to bury their loved ones after authorities began to release the remains recovered from a disaster that has shaken the country.

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Image: A rescuer carries his dog on a street destroyed after flooding and mudslides caused by heavy rains leading several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks into buildings and roads, in Mocoa

A rescuer carries his dog on a destroyed street on April 3.

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Image: Members of the Colombian civil defense remove the body of a woman who died

Members of the Colombian civil defense remove the body of a woman on April 3.

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Image: Death toll in Mocoa landslide rises to 234 as hundreds are still missing

The facade of a building remains standing in the San Miguel neighborhood on April 2.

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Image: Men arrive in a vehicle with bodies to be identified after flooding and mudslides caused by heavy rains in Villagarzon

Men arrive in a vehicle with bodies to be identified on April 2.

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Image: A woman weeps during the funeral of her relative

A woman weeps during the funeral of her relative at the cemetery on April 3.

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Relatives and friends of Deisy Rosero, 26, pray during her funeral on April 3.

Many in this city of around 40,000 people still seem in shock from the flood.

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Image: People line up outside a cemetery to looking for their missing relatives in Mocoa

People line up outside a cemetery to looking for their missing relatives on April 2.

 

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Image: A woman waits for news of her missing relatives at a shelter in Mocoa

A woman waits for news of her missing relatives at a shelter in Mocoa on April 3.

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Image: Children play in a shelter for people who became homeless after flooding and mudslides caused by heavy rains leading several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks into buildings and roads in Mocoa

Children play in a shelter for people who became homeless on April 4.

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Image: A family rests at a shelter in Mocoa

A displaced family rests at a shelter in Mocoa on April 3.

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Image: Rescue members walk during the burial of a companion who died after flooding and mudslides caused by heavy rains lead several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment and rocks into buildings and roads, in Mocoa

Colombian civil defense workers bury the coffin of Jesus Diago, 33, who died rescuing his family on April 4.

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