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29 May 2015 description

Havana, Cuba | AFP | Friday 5/29/2015 - 21:03 GMT

by Francisco JARA

The Colombian government and FARC guerrillas have begun working together on clearing the country's landmines, officials said Friday, but their peace talks remain fragile amid a surge in fighting.

FARC members and an army battalion carried out a preliminary seven-day mission to locate anti-personnel mines in the northern department of Antioquia, said officials from Cuba and Norway, the countries facilitating the talks.

29 May 2015 description
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  1. Brief description of the emergency and impact

Since 22nd May, the Colombian north - east department of Arauca has experienced heavy rains creating emergency situations due to the floods caused by overflown rivers . In Saravena municipality a red alert has been published due to the level of severity of the situation .
Arauquita and Arauca municipalities are also on high alert as water levels continue to rise .

29 May 2015 description

Colombia - During April and May, IOM supported Colombia’s Victims Unit and Ombudspersons’ Offices in the election of 33 municipal Victims Roundtables in regions prioritized by the country’s Victims Institutional Strengthening Program.

Colombia´s landmark Victims and Land Restitution Law recognizes the need to rehabilitate victims of the country’s armed conflict. The Law also establishes that in order to do this, their active participation is essential.

29 May 2015 description

Communiqué of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Hawa Bangura, to Commemorate the National Day for the Dignity of Women Victims of Sexual Violence in the Internal Armed Conflict in Colombia

(Havana, Cuba, 26 May 2015)

29 May 2015 description

Once again, Dutch water experts are being deployed abroad to advise on flood prevention. This time in Colombia, where disastrous floods recently hit the province of Antioquia. Development cooperation minister Lilianne Ploumen said, ‘In the Netherlands we have unique expertise on this subject, not only in the business community but also in research institutes and at government level. This means we can work effectively wherever the need occurs.'  

28 May 2015 description

Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Thursday 5/28/2015 - 04:07 GMT

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Wednesday warned his troops to stay prepared for conflict after leftist FARC rebels decided to drop their unilateral ceasefire.

The Colombian government and FARC negotiators resumed peace talks Monday in Havana amid heightened tensions following air strikes that killed dozens of rebels in Colombia.

"Don't let your guard down," Santos told a military ceremony in his country's north.

27 May 2015 description

Havana, Cuba | AFP | Wednesday 5/27/2015 - 16:38 GMT

Colombia's FARC guerrillas said Wednesday that one of their peace negotiators was killed in an air strike last week that has threatened to derail their talks with the government on ending the five-decade conflict.

FARC commander Pastor Alape said his comrade in arms Jairo Martinez was "among the guerrillas murdered" in a strike Thursday on the western rebel stronghold of Cauca that killed 27 rebels.

26 May 2015 description


  • COLOMBIA: At least 782 people are affected and 126 home are damaged from a mudslide that affected parts of the Department of Antioquia.

  • PERU: Media sources report that at least 138,000 families are affected by floods.
    Authorities have declared a state of emergency for areas in the Huanuco Department.

  • SAINT LUCIA: The country is suffering from a prolonged drought. Authorities are regulating the use of potable water.

26 May 2015 description

Colombia | conflict | rebels Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Tuesday 5/26/2015 - 06:02 GMT | 220 words

The Colombian military killed at least five FARC guerrillas in the northwest of the country Monday, part of a new offensive that has challenged ongoing peace talks with the rebel group.

A bombing in the remote Choco department killed the fighters, military sources told AFP, but they were unable to provide more details about the attack.

26 May 2015 description

Public support is one of the key elements of any successful peace agreement. Ongoing negotiations to reach a deal between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia are no exception. But how can public support be built when it is not automatically forthcoming? A look at other peace process around the globe provides some insights.

25 May 2015 description

Havana, Cuba | AFP | Monday 5/25/2015 - 19:59 GMT

by Francisco JARA

The Colombian government and FARC guerrillas resumed peace talks Monday in Havana amid heightened tensions following air strikes that killed dozens of rebels.

Rebel leader Pablo Catatumbo condemned the government offensive as he arrived for the talks, which opened in November 2012 but have made only halting progress on ending the five-decade-old conflict.

23 May 2015 description

Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Saturday 5/24/2015 - 01:28 GMT

The president of Colombia called Saturday for accelerated peace negotiations with FARC guerrillas, just as eight rebels were killed in an escalating government offensive.

Juan Manuel Santos made the announcement amid a push by the Colombian army that began Thursday with a government air strike killing 26 guerrillas in the southwestern Cauca department.

Saturday's deaths brought the offensive's total fatalities to 34 in two days.

22 May 2015 description

We walked across a narrow bridge made of old boards corroded by time and salt water, surrounded by humble, austere houses. This is Tumaco, a city in the south-west of the Colombian department of Nariño, where the general state of abandonment is plainly seen.

People receive us with interest, wanting to know about this Chikungunya disease, whose exotic name comes from the African language Makonde – it was first detected in Tanzania in 1952 – and means ‘bent over with pain’, in reference to sufferers’ stooped appearance because of the joint pain it causes.

22 May 2015 description

Bogota, Colombia | AFP | Friday 5/22/2015 - 21:56 GMT

by Philippe ZYGEL

Peace talks to end Colombia's five-decade conflict were plunged into fresh crisis Friday after FARC guerrillas suspended their unilateral ceasefire in response to a government air strike that killed 26 rebels.

The December ceasefire announcement by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) had raised hopes that the two-year-old peace negotiations were approaching a breakthrough. But tensions have spiralled since the rebels killed 11 soldiers in an ambush last month.

20 May 2015 description

Salgar, Colombia | AFP | Wednesday 5/20/2015 - 16:55 GMT

Mourners will hold a large group funeral for the victims of a massive landslide that killed at least 83 people in northwest Colombia, religious officials said Wednesday.

Rescue workers continued searching for victims after the Liboriana River burst its banks early Monday and sent a flood of mud rushing down a ravine, virtually obliterating the small town of La Margarita.

But officials and family members said little hope remained that any of the missing would be found alive.

19 May 2015 description

Salgar, Colombia | AFP | 5/20/2015 - 03:30 GMT


Rescue workers in Colombia resumed the increasingly hopeless search for the missing Tuesday after a massive landslide, as the death toll rose to 78 and residents began a difficult cleanup.

After spending the night in shelters, residents of La Margarita, the hardest-hit town, returned to the ruins of their community to search for missing family members or shovel out the mud that filled their homes.

19 May 2015 description


Heavy rains affected western Colombia over the last few days, causing river overflow and landslides, in the department of Antioquia.

• A landslide occurred in the area of La Margarita in the municipality of Salgar on 18 May, after heavy rains caused the overflow of the river Liborina.

• As of 19 May morning (NGRD), there were at least 62 dead and more than 40 people injured. Search and rescue operations are on-going under the leadership of UNGRD (Disaster Risk Management Unit) with the support of the Colombian Red Cross.

18 May 2015 description

Colombia- Landslide cause emergency in Salgar (Antioquia)

At least 48 people have died due to a landslide in the municipality of Salgar (Antioquia), northern Colombia.

On 18 May, heavy rains caused the overflowing of the river Liborina, triggering a landslide that damaged the houses of about 32 families.

18 May 2015 description


Although important achievements have been made in Ecuador in disaster preparedness and disaster risk reduction, there is still room for further improvement. The change in the HIP will enable contributing to the development of the Decentralized Disaster Management System (SNDGR) of Ecuador and to improve its coordination at all levels (horizontal and vertical)