A natural dam formed by a massive landslide in north-east Colombia on Tuesday (25 January), burst on Thursday (27 January), unleashing tons of blocked water from the swollen Chitaga River.
GTV Minister and Governor looking at artificial lake formed by landslide
GTV road alongside lake.
SV Governor, Minister and other officials.
GV Area of landslide
GV Technicians studying disaster area at roadside covered by lake.
SV Police patrol roadway.
GV Onlookers on mountainside.
GV and SV PAN clear water running near landslide and PAN to artificial lake.
GV and CU muddy water.
GV Deserted homes and damaged foliage (3 shots)
GV Crosses planted near deserted house.
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Background: A natural dam formed by a massive landslide in north-east Colombia on Tuesday (25 January), burst on Thursday (27 January), unleashing tons of blocked water from the swollen Chitaga River. Civil Defence squads had completed evacuation of 300 people in the 20 square kilometres (eight square miles) of farmland below the dam before it burst.
The landslide had killed an estimated 70 people and wiped out the village of San Josecito, damming the river. Civil Defence authorities, who had been studying the possibility of dynamiting part of the landslide to relieve water pressure, said the dam collapsed on its own.
Torrential rains are believed responsible for the landslide in Santander Province, 450 kilometres (280 miles) north-east of Bogota).
VISNEWS cameraman Alvaro Gonzalez filmed this report shortly before the dam burst.