At least five people were killed and seven others injured by a mudslide in a rural area in Colombia, but the death toll may rise, emergency management officials said Sunday.

The mudslide hit a rural mountain highway that links Huila and Caqueta provinces on Saturday afternoon, the national emergency management office said in a statement.

A crisis management center has been set up in Neiva, the capital of Huila and located about 45 kilometers (28 miles) from the scene of the mudslide in Balsillas, the national emergency management office said.

"The official report issued in the city of Neiva says that five people are dead and seven injured, five of whom have been released, with two under observation," the national emergency management office said.

Rescue workers found two bodies on Saturday night and pulled the other three out of the mud later. EFE