TOKYO Japan expressed grief on Tuesday over floods in the Colombian city of Mocoa, where landslides have left at least 273 people dead and over 260 injured, and offered to help mitigate the damage.
In a message sent to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his profound condolences and offered support to those affected by the tragedy, according to the Japanese foreign ministry.
We are prepared to offer assistance whenever Colombian authorities need it, and wish for a speedy recovery of the affected areas, added the premier.
A landslide hit several neighborhoods on Friday in Mocoa, capital of the southern department of Putumayo, claiming at least 273 lives, injuring 262 others and devastating the city, where a state of emergency has been declared.
The disaster occurred after a heavy downpour caused the Mocoa river and its tributaries Sangoyaco and Mulatos to overflow, leading to mudslides and flattening several adjoining areas.