An American who was held hostage in Colombia for five and a half years says it was like being on "the Planet of the Apes". (This is the title of a movie made in 1968.)
The man, Tom Howes, said that when he and other hostages came back, they "would marvel at something basic, as basic as a flat floor and a flat wall."
Howes was working in Colombia in 2003. He and two other U.S. contractors were captured by terrorists after their plane crash-landed in the jungle. The terrorist group, the FARC, had several other hostages -- Colombian soldiers, police officers, and a politician. They were rescued by the Colombian military last July.
The Red River is at the highest level ever recorded. It has caused flooding in Canada and the U.S. States of North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado.
Snow from spring blizzards melted in these areas, adding water to the river. Many people have had to leave their homes. People are also building walls out of sandbags to soak up the water. Soldiers have been called in to help.
Earlier, we told you that two reporters for Current TV had been arrested by North Korea near the country's border with China. The North Koreans now say the two women are being held while the government holds an investigation.
Robert Wood, U.S. State Department spokesman, said this to reporters on Monday. He also said, ". . . the less I say from here, the better."