Landslide on Road from Armenia to Pijao
The earthquake triggered many landslides blocking
roads and isolating small towns. This picture shows the remains
of a landslide on the road from Armenia to Pijao after it
It was very important to clear the roads quickly
to get emergency help to Pijao. Pijao is a mountain village
and was cut off for over a week because the only two roads
to it were blocked by landslides.
The area affected by the earthquake is in
Colombia's coffee growing region, which contributes greatly
to the country's economy. The majority of the coffee is exported
to other countries including Britain. Many other roads in
the region had to be cleared quickly too, so that coffee crops
could be transported to the markets in Armenia.