A woman searches for victims after a landslide in Rosas, Cauca department, in southwestern Colombia, April 22, 2019.
A woman searches for victims after a landslide in Rosas, Cauca department, in southwestern Colombia, April 22, 2019.

BOGOTA - The death toll from a weekend landslide in the southwestern Colombian province of Cauca has risen to 28 people, the country's disaster relief agency said on Monday.

The landslide, caused by heavy rains, occurred early on Sunday morning in a rural area of Rosas municipality.

"In the last two days we have recovered 28 bodies. Rescue operations will restart in the morning," the disaster relief agency said on Twitter late on Monday.

Rescue workers carry a corpse after a landslide in
Rescue workers carry a corpse after a landslide in Rosas, Cauca department, in southwestern Colombia, April 21, 2019.

At least five people were hospitalized and eight houses were destroyed. A portion of the Pan-American Highway was also blocked by the landslide.

President Ivan Duque visited the area on Sunday evening and said the government would stand with the victims and provide housing and other help.

Landslides are common in mountainous Colombia, especially during rainy season and in areas where precarious informal housing and narrow roadways are constructed on deforested Andean hillsides.