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April 1, 2017

Colombia landslide leaves over 150 dead in Putumayo province

Heavy rains cause several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment on to buildings and roads in provincial capital of Mocoa

A landslide in Colombia’s south-western border province of Putumayo has sent mud and debris crashing on to houses, killing at least 150 people and injuring scores more, officials have said. Heavy rains caused several rivers to overflow, pushing sediment on to buildings and roads in the provincial capital of Mocoa overnight.

“At this time we have removed 93 bodies. We have adults, women and infants,” police commander Col Omar Bonilla told Caracol, a radio station, on Saturday afternoon. The confirmed death toll continued to [...]

 
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February 9, 2016

Zika virus: survey shows many Latin Americans lack faith in handling of crisis

Exclusive study also reveals large numbers of people agree with official advice that they should delay having children

Many Latin Americans doubt that public health officials in their countries can contain the Zika virus, but nevertheless said they find it reasonable to follow official advice and delay having children, a new study has shown.

The virus, which has spread rapidly through the Americas, has been linked to a rise in microcephaly in Brazil, a debilitating birth defect where children are born with abnormally small heads. Last week the [...]

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January 29, 2016

Zika outbreak raises fears of rise in deaths from unsafe abortions

Campaigners urge governments in Latin America to rethink bans on abortion and make contraception widely available

Campaigners are calling on Latin American governments to rethink their policies on contraception and abortion because of the spread of Zika virus, which they fear will lead to a rise in women’s deaths from unsafe abortions as well as the predicted surge in brain-damaged babies.

Several governments in the region have advised women to postpone getting pregnant for up to two years, which reproductive health groups say is impossible in countries where birth control is not easily available and many women fall pregnant through sexual violence.

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