Landslide in southwestern Colombia kills 17

Rescue workers carry a corpse after a landslide in Rosas, Valle del Cauca department, in southwestern Colombia, on April 21, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 22 April 2019
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Landslide in southwestern Colombia kills 17

  • Officials said rescue workers were continuing their search for victims, removing earth and debris with heavy machinery

BOGOTA: Seventeen people have been killed and five injured in a landslide in the southwestern Colombian province of Cauca, the country’s disaster relief agency said on Sunday.
The landslide, which was caused by heavy rains, occurred early on Sunday in a rural area of Rosas municipality, the agency said in a statement.
On Sunday evening an agency spokesman said the death toll had risen from the initial figure of 14.
Five people were hospitalized and eight houses were destroyed. A portion of the Pan-American Highway was also blocked by the landslide.
President Ivan Duque will visit the area on Sunday evening with the housing and transport ministers to meet with relief officials, his office said in a statement.
Landslides are common in mountainous Colombia, especially during rainy season and in areas where precarious informal housing and narrow roadways are constructed on deforested Andean hillsides. 


US takes back $100 million from Afghan govt over corruption

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US takes back $100 million from Afghan govt over corruption

  • Pompeo said the US will still finish the massive project that involves five power substations
  • He blamed the “Afghan government’s inability to transparently manage US Government resources.”

KABUL: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Washington is taking back $100 million intended for an Afghan energy infrastructure project, citing unacceptably high levels of corruption in the Afghan government.
In the harshly worded statement Thursday, Pompeo said the US will still finish the massive project that involves five power substations and a maze of transmission lines in southern Afghanistan. It just won’t be spending the money through Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s government, blaming the “Afghan government’s inability to transparently manage US Government resources.”
This follows an earlier statement, also from Pompeo, calling for “credible and transparent presidential election” when Afghans go to the polls Sept. 28.
The 2014 presidential election was marred by allegations of massive fraud, as was last year’s parliamentary vote.