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Volcanic Landslide in Colombia

CNN reported that a volcano erupted Thursday in southwest Colombia, causing landslides and killing at least six people.

The Nevado del Huila volcano erupted at approximately 9:45 p.m.

Gas and hot ash melted snow on the mountain peak, causing debris to rush down the River Paez. The landslides have destroyed at least 20 homes and washed out five bridges, the presidential office said in a statement.

According to the government, all of the victims were native Indians. Much of the affected region is populated with Nasa indigenous communities.

Nearly 300 people have been evacuated from homes surrounding the volcano and the River Paez, government officials said.

According to an AP report, President Alvaro Uribe flew over the volcano Friday. President Uribe has instructed the air force to create an "air bridge" to supply cut off towns along the Rio Paez.