A landslide has collapsed a rural school in Antioquia, Colombia, trapping at least three children out of the 22 who attended classes. The landslide occurred, according to the local priest, while the students were on a break. The president, Iván Duque, has reported that there are search and rescue teams in the area and that they are “permanently monitoring the situation.” Dozens of people have dedicated themselves to looking for the children.
The El Porvenir school is located in the Tapartó district, in the municipality of Andes, in Antioquia. There are 25 students enrolled in the school and one teacher. This Thursday, 22 students attended, as reported by Diego Peña López, director of the Administrative Department for Disaster Risk Management of Antioquia (DRAGAN).
“We already have 19 children who were rescued, who are fine, being treated, none seriously. We still have to find three children who are being part of the search and rescue process,” said Peña López. Local residents have supported the rescue efforts, reports the newspaper Time.
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