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Colombia hit by worst rainfall in over 50 years

2010-12-16 07:28:24 GMT2010-12-16 15:28:24 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Houses are seen flooded in Bohorquez, on the outskirts of Barranquilla, northwestern Colombia, on Dec. 15, 2010. (Xinhua/Huang Yongxian)

Locals transport their belongings by boat on a flooded road in Bohorquez, on the outskirts of Barranquilla, northwestern Colombia, on Dec. 15, 2010. (Xinhua/Huang Yongxian)

A dog is seen on a flooded house in Bohorquez, on the outskirts of Barranquilla, northwestern Colombia, on Dec. 15, 2010. (Xinhua/Huang Yongxian)

A local saves his belongings from his flooded house in Bohorquez, on the outskirts of Barranquilla, northwestern Colombia, on Dec. 15, 2010. (Xinhua/Huang Yongxian)

The worst rainfall in Colombia in over 50 years caused at least 257 dead and 75 missing. Record-breaking deluges have influenced nearly 2 million people among 28 provinces in the country, damaged 650,000 hectares of crops and blocked 678 highways with landslides.

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