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Families sleep outside after quake

May 26, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Hundreds of Colombians huddled in makeshift shelters, afraid to go home a day after 11 people were killed when a magnitude 5.6 earthquake damaged scores of homes and triggered landslides.

In the rural town of Quetame, the most seriously hit, families spent the night on the town's sports field or in a public building after the quake knocked out water supplies and damaged or collapsed houses and its church.

President Alvaro Uribe visited the affected area, where landslides blocked a major highway from Bogota to Villavicencio near the epicenter.

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