1. More than 250 people have died and hundreds more are missing after three rivers flooded the city of Mocoa in Colombia.
2. Heavy rains caused the rivers to overflow at around midnight on Friday, destroying homes and uprooting trees while residents were asleep in their beds.
3. On Sunday, the Colombian military said 254 people had been killed, over 400 were injured, and an additional 100 people were still missing.
The death toll is expected to grow as more bodies are pulled from the rubble.
4. Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos declared a state of emergency and told reporters at the scene, “The first thing I want to say is that my heart, our hearts, the hearts of all Colombians are with the victims of this tragedy.”
Santos visiting a flooded area.
5. Santos traveled to the devastated city and declared it a disaster zone on Saturday.
7. Eduardo Vargas, 29, was asleep with his wife and 7-month-old baby when his neighbors woke him up.
“There was no time for anything. Thank God we have our lives,” Vargas told AP.
The family and their neighbors fled up a mountain until morning when they were rescued by the military. When they returned to the city, all that remained of their home was rubble.
8. The tragedy is one of the worst natural disasters in Colombia’s recent history.
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