The death toll of a mudslide in western Colombia rose to 34 on Saturday, authorities said.

Iran PressAmerica: Officials were scrambling to free survivors Saturday after a mudslide brought on by heavy rains in northwest Colombia killed at least 34 people and injured dozens on a busy highway.

The government of Choco department, where the natural disaster occurred, said in a statement that 34 people have been confirmed dead and the bodies were transferred to Medellin, the capital city of Antioquia.

Rescuers and dogs from across Colombia were dispatched to the scene to search for injured people, the statement added. Mud had completely engulfed several cars on the road.

Earlier, Colombian vice president Francia Marquez said in a message posted on X that a search continued "for people who remain trapped under the landslide".