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Sisters reunited 30 years after Colombia avalanche






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Two sisters in Colombia who were separated by an avalanche 30 years ago have been reunited. Jaqueline and Lorena Sanchez thought they had lost each other in 1985 after a volcano erupted near their town of Armero. Lava from the volcano melted nearby glaciers and caused four massive mudslides, which killed more than 20,000 people. Jaqueline, 33, and Lorena, 39, never found each other in the chaos. They each thought the other was among the dead. Armero was the second deadliest volcanic disaster of the 20th century. Only an eruption in the Caribbean in 1902 was deadlier.

The Sanchez sisters were adopted by different families. They have spent the past few decades looking for each other. They were reunited after DNA tests they gave to a victims' organization matched. Lorena said: "It was beautiful and sad because it has been 30 years since the tragedy happened….I have to catch up with 30 years of her life and she has to do the same with me." Jaqueline said: "I'm excited, nervous, everything because suddenly, you don't know if you are going to be rejected….I wonder if she will love me. It's difficult. It's difficult to explain this moment."

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