At least three people were killed and at least another 10 went missing Saturday when a mudslide caused by heavy rains flooded a village in the southwest of Colombia.

The mudslide took the rural settlements of Villa de Prado and Remolinos by surprise early Saturday morning, reported local newspaper Diario del Huila.

“The fire department in the area informs us there are ten people missing. With the help of the police we will fly [over the area] to evaluate the situation,” Government Secretary Julio Cesar Triana told the newspaper.

“There’s the body of a girl on the other side of the creek but we haven’t been able to cross because it continues to rain and the creek is swollen,” the local fire department director told newspaper El Tiempo that reported 15 people had gone missing.

Caracol Radio said as many as 27 villagers are missing.

From Colombia Reports