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13 Killed in Colombia Storms

Colombian authorities say at least 13 people have been killed and six others injured following torrential rains and mudslides that forced thousands of residents to flee their homes in the northeast.

Officials say one of the hardest-hit areas has been Bucaramanga, where rivers overran their banks and washed away homes after the downpours began late Friday.

Bucaramanga is near the border with Venezuela, where heavy rains in recent days have left at least 25 people dead.

The severe weather forced the Venezuelan government to declare a state of emergency in northern coastal areas as well as the capital, Caracas. Thousands of coastal residents were evacuated.

The storms have now moved to western parts of Venezuela.

Some information provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.