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  • A police officer and a rescue dog look for bodies in an area destroyed after mudslides in Manizales.

    A police officer and a rescue dog look for bodies in an area destroyed after mudslides in Manizales. | Photo: Reuters

After dealing with a recent mudslide that killed hundreds, Colombia continues to battle with a harsh rainy season.

Seventeen people, including three children, have been killed Thursday in a mudslide that hit the western part of Colombia, as the South American nation faces a deadly winter.

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Seven people are still missing in the town of Manizales, as the death toll is expected to rise with more rain forecast for the next two days.

At least 57 houses have been affected, according to the government. The natural disaster happened overnight and caught many villagers off guard as they were sleeping.

The main roads that lead to Manizales have been blocked with debris and the airport is closed due to poor conditions.

This comes three weeks after several overflowed in the southern area of Mocoa, and left more than 300 people dead.

 

The mayor of Manizales, Jose Octavio Cardona, said there had been "40 or 50 landslides" due to the rain.

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"The rains have been incredibly intense," he said.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos will travel to the city to assess the damages, the government said in a statement.

According to authorities Manizales, the capital of Caldas province, received the equivalent of one month of rain overnight.

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