MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The death of toll of the landslide that hit the western Colombian city of Mocoa in the province of Putumayo increased to 254, Santos said citing data provided by police.
"That is a very regrettable number," the president said, as quoted by the RCN Radio broadcaster.
According to the Colombian Red Cross, about 400 people were injured in the landslide, while 220 are missing.
The landslide totally destroyed three districts and severely affected 14 others. About 2,500 personnel of security and emergency services have been sent on the ground.
President Santos, who arrived at the site to coordinate search and rescue operation, announced a public calamity regime.