July 1, 2022

COLOMBIA: 6 Dead After A Bull Fighting 3-Story Stadium Partially Collapsed. Toxic And Stinky Clouds Of Foam From A Sewage Gully That Overflowed Under The Downpour Flooded Streets

BBC News published June 27, 2022: Hundreds injured in deadly Colombia bullfight stand collapse. At least four people have been killed and more than 300 were injured after a stand collapsed during a bullfight in central Colombia.

Yahoo News
written by Ash Cant and Reuters staff
Sunday June 26, 2022

Six people are dead after a stadium partially collapsed in Colombia, where locals were taking part in a bullfighting event.

A horrific video of the incident shows people running from the stands just before part of the three-story section of the stands collapsed into the ring.

People are seen trying to get out of the rubble, while others run around the ring and try and remove pieces of the collapsed structure to free people.

It was initially reported that four people died in the incident, however, ABC News reported six people have now been confirmed dead.

Regional health authorities said during a press conference late Sunday that 322 people had gone to local public and private hospitals after the collapse seeking treatment, the Associated Press reported.

The incident happened in the town of El Espinal in the western state of Tolima and the event is tied to the feast day of St Peter and St Paul.

"I hope that all the people affected by the collapse of the Plaza de El Espinal can come out unscathed," Colombia's president-elect Gustavo Petro said on Twitter.

He asked mayors to not authorise any more shows "with the death of people or animals".

El Espinal mayor Juan Carlos Tamayo said he deeply regretted what happened in the bull square.

"I want to ask the citizens that are in the bull square please evacuate, as the control agencies are attending the emergency and already evacuated the injured to the hospitals," he wrote on Facebook.

Tolima provincial governor Jose Ricardo Orozco told local Blu Radio on Sunday two women, a man and a minor were killed in the incident.

Orozco also said he had asked for the traditional “corralejas” to be suspended in Tolima earlier Sunday but this one was held anyway.

No one remained trapped in the wreckage, Major Luis Fernando Velez, director of civil defence in the province, told local television, and several people reported as missing have been found.

"The emergency has been overcome at the site of the incident. More or less 70 people were injured," Velez said.

He also admitted he did not know what exactly the stand was built out of, though he said it appeared to be constructed out of wooden boards.

Ambulances from nearby cities had to be sent to El Espinal, as the local hospital became overwhelmed by the injured.

Colombia's current President Ivรกn Duque on Twitter announced an investigation of the disaster.

“We lament the terrible tragedy registered in El Espinal, Tolima, during the festivals of San Pedro and San Juan, with the collapse of the stands during a corraleja," he said.

"We will call for an investigation.”

WION published June 30, 2022: Climate Tracker- Heavy rains in Columbia cause toxic foam formation. Following heavy rain in the Colombian city, a cloud of foam flooded the streets of Soacha managing to destroy at least 30 homes in the city. The residents of Soacha woke up to clouds of toxic foams surrounding the city.
Global News published June 29, 2022: Toxic, rank foam cloud floods 30 homes in Colombia after heavy rains. Toxic and putrid clouds of foam flooded the streets of the Colombian city of Soacha on Wednesday following heavy rains the night before.

The New York Post
written by Reuters staff
Thursday June 30, 2022

Toxic and stinky clouds of foam flooded streets of the Colombian city of Soacha on Wednesday, June 29, following heavy rains the night before.

Footage shows Soacha’s residents waking up amid a foam cloud sweeping at least 30 homes as firefighters sprayed water to disperse the cloud. Authorities are yet to inform the affected residents final tally.

William Sanchez, a resident, found his kitchen flooded with foam, fearing his house to collapse. “Honestly, this (house) can collapse at any minute and I will have to sleep under the bridge. I am jobless because I am a disabled person.”

Local media reported the foam comes from a sewage gully that overflowed under the downpour.

Soacha’s municipality Risk Management director, Dayan Caucali, said they are to conduct lab analysis to determine whether chemicals, waste, or other substances caused the foam.

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