More than 200 people died in what is described as an “avalanche” in the city of Mocoa, Colombia after an unusually rainy season. Jonathan Godt, coordinator of the U.S. Geological Survey’s landslide hazards program, stated:

That very heavy rainfall makes the soil like goo, makes it easy to flow. It just starts sliding down the hillside… My guess is that it was moving very fast and would have been full of rock and boulders and pieces of buildings. For someone experiencing it, an avalanche would be a very accurate description

The mudslide occurred after midnight so many people were caught off guard. The city is in a dangerous location because it is at the bottom of mountains and near a riverbed. This was the fourth-worst weather-related disaster in Colombia’s history. Many people remain missing after the disaster that washed away almost everything in its path, including houses.

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