Five people were killed and 500 others were injured when an improvised grandstand collapsed during the celebrations of the patron saint. It happened in Espinal, Colombia's department of Tolima. A recording of the moment of the collapse, which was circulated on social media, shows the extent of injuries sustained by the attendees.
Although there are not yet any official figures, the Colombian media reported that at least five people were killed and more than a half-million were injured. Civil Defense of Tolima indicated that there were children, older people, and women among those who were injured at the event.
According to El Tiempo, the bull from the bullfighting event escaped from the bullring, causing panic in Espinal's streets. A yellow alert was declared in the municipality for the emergency.
Ivan Ferney Rojas, the councilman, also warned that the local hospital and ambulance services are in serious trouble. We need the support of nearby hospitals and ambulance services. He warned that there are still many unattended people. Major Luis Fernando Velez of Civil Defense of Tolima sent a team of rescuers to assist those who had been left behind.
Gustavo Petro, the elected president, asked Colombia's mayors to "not authorize any more shows that cause the death of animals or people" after the event. I hope all those who were affected by the Plaza de El Espinal's collapse can heal. He pointed out that this had happened in Sincelejo before on Twitter.
Ivan Duque (the outgoing president) has also spoken out about the "terrible" fallout and promised an "investigation of the facts." Portugal is the official destination of the still-president of the country.
Marta Lucia Ramirez (outgoing vice president, chancellor) expressed regret for what had happened and pointed to the lack security during the assembly of corralejas. "Who does maintenance verification? Who reviews security conditions and maintenance verification? These incidents must stop. How many lives were lost without anyone to answer? She planted her.