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Deadly Colombia landslide engulfs highway near Medellin

General view of a landslide that affected the Medellin-Bogota highway in Colombia October 26, 2016. Courtesy of EL Colombiano Newspaper/Handout via Reuters. Image copyright Reuters
Image caption The main highway leading north from Medellin was buried under tonnes of earth

A landslide on a major highway in Colombia has killed at least six people, officials said.

On Wednesday, tonnes of earth engulfed the main highway leading north from Colombia's second-largest city, Medellin.

The mud from the mountainside covered an area the size of two football fields and buried two cars, a lorry and two motorbikes, rescue workers said.

Emergency workers are searching the mud for any more victims.

The landslide came down about 12km (7 miles) north of Medellin in the Copacabana area.

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Image caption The landslide hit near Copacabana, north of Medellin
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Image caption The road is located at the bottom of a steep mountainside
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Image caption A house at the bottom of the mountainside just escaped being buried under the mud
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Image caption Officials said heavy rain had caused the landslide
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Image caption Dogs have been brought in to help search for the victims

Landslides are common in this mountainous region of Colombia, especially following heavy rains.

Six years ago, 85 people died just a few kilometres south of Copacabana, when a landslide buried dozens of homes in the town of Bello.

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