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In Argentina, a storm surge on 26 December caused flooding and heavy damage in the provinces of Buenos Aires and Rosario. As of January 2017, more than 10 towns in Santa Fe are still flooded. The district of Castellanos has seen more than 310 millimeters in a week while Rafaela, Gran Rosario and…
Affected countries: Colombia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama
As of 24 November, Otto was a category 2 hurricane. The authorities in Costa Rica declared a state of emergency on 23 November. A red alert was in effect for several cantones in the Atlantic coast and northern regions and a yellow alert for the rest of the country. The President announced…
As of 1100 EST on 3 October, Category 4 Hurricane Matthew was some 330 km south-east from Kingston (Jamaica) and 440 km south-west from Port-au-Prince (Haiti) in the Caribbean Sea, moving north-west at 9 km/h, with maximum sustained winds of 220 km/h, according to the National Hurricane Center…
Since November 2015, severe weather brought on by El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO,) including heavy rains, floods, flash floods and landslides significantly hit South America. In Venezuela, due to rains in July 2016, 153 homes were affected in the State of Miranda, of which 56 were in…
According to official contingency planning documents for El Niño 2015-2016, Bolivia's Civil Defense reported that 100,000 households (approx. 500,000 people) may be affected by excess rainfall and/or drought in 109 municipalities of the country. (OCHA, 13 Oct 2015) As of 21 December 2015, a…
Between 2-4 May 2015, an unusual phenomenon produced waves two meters above sea level that left behind dozens of victims, evacuees and damage to infrastructure on the Pacific Ocean side of Latin America. The El Salvadoran coast was among the hardest hit, with damage across the entire coastal line…
Affected countries: Colombia
Flooding, windstorms and landslides affected more than 20,000 people in Colombia in April 2015. The rainy season in the southern and western departments had a particularly strong impact in the Amazonas department near the Peruvian and Brazilian border. In this remote area, where information access…
Affected countries: Colombia
According to Colombia's Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies, a second rainy season started at the end of September 2014. In October, more than 52,000 people were affected and 24 were killed by events associated with increased rainfalls, such as floods, landslides and…
Affected countries: Colombia
Colombia’s first rainy season of 2014 began in mid-March (OCHA, 31 Apr 2014). By the end of May, a total of 41,151 people had been affected in 182 municipalities of the country, with the Centre (Caquetá), the Caribbean Coast (Magdalena) and the Pacific region (Chocó, Cauca) being the most…
Affected countries: Colombia
An earthquake that struck Sipí in Colombia's western Chocó department on 4 Jan 2014 damaged 121 homes in the municipality. Two days later, on 6 Jan, the San Agustín and Garrapatas overflowed in the same area, possibly related to the earlier earthquake. The flooding affected almost 9,000…
Affected countries: Colombia
Colombia’s second rainy season began on 15 Sep 2013. It typically lasts through mid-December, and forecasts indicate a likelihood of increased rainfall in central Colombia and along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. The highest precipitation is likely to occur in October and November, with wind…
Affected countries: Colombia
The first rainy season of 2013 officially began on 15 Mar and will run through mid-June. A total of 137 disaster events were recorded through 31 Mar, led by flooding (49), wind storms (42) and landslides (40). The majority of victims were along the Pacific Coast, particularly in Choco, were flash…
Affected countries: Colombia
On 9 Feb 2013, a 6.9 earthquake shook the department of Nariño with an epicenter 186 km from the Ospina municipality in western Colombia, affecting 57 municipalities in Nariño, Cauca and Valle del Cauca. At least 3,600 houses were damaged and almost 400 were destroyed. (OCHA, 15 Feb 2013)
Affected countries: Colombia
In October 2012, about 2,000 families were affected by floods, landslides, avalanches in Colombia in the year's second rainy season. The most affected departments are Bolivar (1,500 families), Cordoba (350 families), North of Santander, Huila and Atlantico. More than 1,600 houses were damaged,…
Affected countries: Colombia
More than 66,000 people have been affected by floods in 28 out of 32 departments, during the first six weeks of the first rainy season in 2012 (Government, 23 Apr 2012). In July, overflowing of the rivers Guamuez, Orito, Putumayo, and Banana in Putumayo in southeastern Colombia affected over…
Affected countries: Colombia
Since 12 Nov 2011, an oil spill from a pipeline has been polluting rivers in the Roberto Payán and Barbacoas municipalities in western Colombia. At least 880 families along the Saundé and Guelmambí rivers have no access to safe water and had to suspend their fishing activities. (OCHA, 21 Dec…
Affected countries: Colombia
Since the start of the second rainy season in September, more than 914,280 people have been affected by floods and landslides in most of the country. Some departments, including Cesar, Chocó, Córdoba and North of Santander, are also particularly affected by the armed conflict (OCHA, 29 Dec 2011)…
Affected countries: Colombia
Between July and August 2011, 59,314 people have been affected by floods. The cumulative number of affected people between April 2010 and June 2011 is more than 4 million (OCHA sitrep No. 40, 8 Sep 2011). Appeals & Funding Financial Tracking Service Useful Links Sistema Nacional para la…
Affected countries: Colombia
The winter season that started in April 2010 has affected more than 2.4 million people, with floods and landslides reported in 28 of the 32 departments and the Capital District, for a total damage cost estimated at US$ 5.2 billion. Key Content Inundaciones 2010-2011- OCHA Informe de situación…
Affected countries: Colombia
Since April 2010, 88 per cent of the country has been affected by floods and landslides. In some areas the situation is aggravated by violence and internal displacement resulting from the long-standing internal armed conflict. OCHA, 4 April 2011