Friday, December 24, 2010

Columbian city, misdescribed as village, devoured by the earth

Entire Colombian village swallowed by the Earth (December 23, 2010)

“It seems like a movie of 1974, but at this time I write this post, a
Colombian village, Gramalote in North Santander, is being swallowed by
the earth. Another chapter of the tragic 2010 winter in Colombia. The
minister of interior, Germán Vargas Lleras, visited the place of the
disaster and sentenced that the town will disappear in a few hours.
The 90 percent of its population has been evacuated as rescue teams
try to recover official and historical documents from government
buildings that were destroyed by the strain natural phenomenon.
Gramalote is a municipality of 918.942 inhabitants. It was founded in
1857 on a geological fault of the Eastern ranges of the Colombian
Andes. Minister Vargas said to the media that the order to evacuate
was followed quickly by the population, so there is not deadly
victims. About four thousand inhabitants from the affected sectors of
the town were located in special camps. The minister and a journalist
of Caracol, Eduardo Galeano, reported that the buildings were falling
like a house of cards. Most of the houses of the town are damaged and
others are already buried, said the minister, so in a couple of days
Gramalote will cease to exist. A hill that is next to the town, is
falling on it. The inhabitants called for help when they felt a
strange movement of the earth. In few minutes the buildings began to
crack and fall. Electrical wires fall also. Barrio Santa Anita was the
first sector to be destroyed. In less than 24 hours, the town was
almost damaged in all its infrastructure and the people could only
bring out of their houses a few belongings. Teams of rescuers came to
the town and began the evacuation. More personnel have been arriving
to the region to avoid the lost of human lives, reported minister
Vargas.” -Colombia Passport News

918,942 inhabitants? Shit's breaking loose... This is one of the
strangest things i've ever heard...

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