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Many killed in landslides at Colombia's Mocoa

Date : 04 / 04 / 2017
Author : Jim Linton - VK3PC

The rescue effort continues after a mudslide disaster but the loss of power and communications is making the operation impossible after darkness. The disaster hit overnight on March 31-April 1, leaving more than 230 dead and the town of Mocoa in southwest Columbia devastated.

The national disaster agency has a crisis group, including military units, police and rescue teams, looking for missing people and removing hundreds of tonnes of debris.

An emergency network now is active on the 40 metre band (7.093-7.095 MHz) to support the relief and recovery effort after heavy rain triggered severe flooding and mudslides. Roberto Rey HK3CW said that radio amateurs from La Plata and Garzón were critical in supporting the rescue operation.

- Jim Linton VK3PC, Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee.


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