Rescue teams entered the affected area, but soon reported to be in urgent need of supplies, overwhelmed by the scale of the disaster. Hundreds residents are reported missing. The main road into the city has been destroyed, isolating the city’s approximately 40,000 inhabitants from the rest of the country. A state of emergency was declared. “We don’t know how many (deaths) they’ll be,” President Juan Manuel Santos said to the media. He added that 130 millimeters or more than 5 inches of rain fell in the area Friday night, setting off the deadly torrent. The hospital system was shut down in Mocoa. Meteorologists across Colombia are on alert because this year’s rainy season is combined with “La Niña,” a weather phenomenon bringing extra rain from the Pacific Ocean.
Death toll rised to 254. About 400 were injured.