Survivors of Colombia landslide fear being forgotten as aid trickles in

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Aid is making its way to the southern Colombian town of Mocoa after the area was devastated by a mammoth landslide. At least 273 people died in the disaster. But survivors are worried that, as the tragedy falls from the headlines, they may be forgotten.

CGTN’s Toby Muse filed this report.
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Survivors of Colombia landslide fear being forgotten as aid trickles in

Aid is making its way to the southern Colombian town of Mocoa after the area was devastated by a mammoth landslide. At least 273 people died in the disaster. But survivors are worried that, as the tragedy falls from the headlines, they may be forgotten. CGTN’s Toby Muse filed this report.

As the shock of the tragedy subsides, the focus is now on those who survived Colombia’s worst natural disaster in years.

There are around 2,800 people living in temporary shelters, with many have to carry everything they own.

People have commended the army for delivering the basics – food, water, medicine. But there is a fear that if a more permanent solution isn’t found shortly, these people will be forgotten.

President Manuel Santos has promised to provide new houses for those who lost everything.

Many in Mocao still have their homes, but most are without any water or electricity.

Authorities said they are working as fast as they can to restore basic services.