Colombia opens investigation into deadly Mocoa landslide

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Recovery teams are clearing piles of debris in the search for missing victims

The Colombian authorities have ordered an investigation into a deadly landslide that swept through the south-western town of Mocoa.

The inquiry will focus on whether building regulations were enforced and whether officials had planned adequately for natural disasters.

At least 290 people are now known to have died in Saturday’s disaster and more than 300 are still missing.

About 2,700 residents are living in shelters.

Some areas remain without water and electricity, and police reinforcements have been sent in to deter looters.

“This is not about punishment it’s about prevention,” said national comptroller Edgardo Maya, who ordered the inquiry.

“What good does it do to punish people now, after (so many) deaths?”

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Many families have been left homeless by the landslide

A separate investigation is focusing on the regional governor, the town’s mayor and their predecessors, Colombian media reported on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, rescue teams continue the grim search for victims buried under piles of debris.

The landslide followed a night of heavy rain which caused the Mocoa River…

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