Firefighters work on a street after heavy rains in the city of Bogota, Colombia, on March 23, 2015. According to local press, several sectors of the Colombian capital city were affected by strong rain accompanied by hail on March 22, causing damage to hundreds of homes and generating floods. (Xinhua/Jhon Paz) (jp)
Firefighters work on a street after heavy rains in the city of Bogota, Colombia, on March 23, 2015. According to local press, several sectors of the Colombian capital city were affected by strong rain accompanied by hail on March 22, causing damage to hundreds of homes and generating floods. (Xinhua/Jhon Paz) (jp)

Rescue teams have found six more victims, including a baby and a child, bringing the total number of deaths to 26.

Firefighters work on a street after heavy rains in the city of Bogota, Colombia, on March 23, 2015. According to local press, several sectors of the Colombian capital city were affected by strong rain accompanied by hail on March 22, causing damage to hundreds of homes and generating floods. (Xinhua/Jhon Paz) (jp)
floods. (Xinhua/Jhon Paz) (jp)

The rain also left 24 people injured, over 3,000 others displaced and hundreds of houses destroyed.

Transportation was partially paralysed as highways and railways were flooded. Airports in Congonhas and Guarulhos were also closed.

On Saturday, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff flew to the affected areas by helicopter and met local authorities to offer federal aid.

Source: Xinhua

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