UN supports Colombia following deadly landslide

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Stephen O'Brien heads the UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA. UN File Photo/Rick Bajornas

The UN System in Colombia has underlined its support for the country in the wake of a deadly landslide.

The incident occurred on Friday night in Mocoa, a city in Putamayo province in the south, killing upwards of 200 people, according to reports.

The UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, cited figures of 203 injured and more than 550 living in shelters.

Dianne Penn reports.

The UN System in Colombia has issued a statement expressing sympathy and solidarity with those affected by the landslide.

A UN team in Mocoa is monitoring the situation to assess needs and to complement efforts by the Colombian authorities, it continued.

The UN humanitarian affairs office, OCHA, has also been assisting with coordinating efforts to respond to the tragedy.

The agency reported that distribution of sleeping mats and other items began on Saturday.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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