Panama diplomat, husband die as river sweeps away car in Colombia | Inquirer News

Panama diplomat, husband die as river sweeps away car in Colombia

/ 01:54 PM March 03, 2021

BOGOTA — Panama’s consul to Bogota, her husband and another family member died when their car was swept away by a full river in the rural southwest of Colombia battered by heavy rains, authorities said Tuesday.

Telma Deleise Barria was traveling with her husband and fellow diplomat Pedro Cantillo, another family member and two other people when they ran into trouble trying to cross the Frio river in an official vehicle, the local authority said in a statement.

ADVERTISEMENT

The events occurred around 7:00 pm on Monday, and Barria’s body was recovered by rescue workers four hours later.

Two more bodies were found on Tuesday morning, according to local official Franky Vega of Colombia’s Huila department.

FEATURED STORIES

The other two people in the car were unharmed.

The five were on their way to a rest spot that can only be reached by crossing the river.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs regrets the death of the Consul of Panama in Colombia and her husband. We send our solidarity to their families, colleagues and friends at this difficult time,” the Colombian government said on Twitter.

Catastrophic rains in the country are associated with the recurrent La Nina natural phenomenon that alters weather patterns.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Accident, Colombia, Panama
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

Subscribe to our daily newsletter



© Copyright 1997-2022 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.