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Last Updated: Thursday May 29 2008 07:25 GMT

Thousands flee floods in Colombia

Floods in Colombia in South America

Thousands of people have had to abandon their homes in Colombia after massive floods caused by weeks of pouring rain.

At least 11 people have been killed and hundreds of homes destroyed after rivers started to burst their banks in the South American country.

It's been raining in Colombia since March, but forecasters are warning there's more wet weather on the way.

Officials are worried the floods may turn into a national disaster as the soil cannot absorb anymore water.

Officials said the waterways in Colombia had reached breaking-point.

Many of those who've had to leave their homes have got nowhere to go.