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30 Apr 2008 description

Karina Wong

HPG Working Paper

1. Introduction

This case study forms part of a broader research project on the role of the affected state in humanitarian action. It contributes to a comparative study of how a wide range of governments respond to humanitarian crises. In particular, it focuses on the relationship between the state and domestic non-governmental actors and the international community. The overarching research question for the project is: what would good humanitarian governance look like?

04 Jan 2001 description

SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND, USA - The Adventist Development and Relief Agency International (ADRA) is providing emergency aid to more than 1,200 hungry and now homeless flood survivors of Soledad, Colombia.

27 Nov 2000 description
report UN General Assembly


GA/9832
Continuing its debate on strengthening the coordination of humanitarian and disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, the General Assembly this afternoon adopted, without a vote, a resolution on international cooperation and coordination for the human and ecological rehabilitation and economic development of the Semipalatinsk region (Kazakhstan). By the terms of that text, it stressed the need for extra efforts in solving problems with regard to the region and its population.

07 Jul 2000 description

After three months of heavy rains which caused extensive flooding and affected nearly 100,000 people, Colombia was struck again by unusual downpours last month. The most affected areas are the southwestern provinces of Putumayo and Nariño and the northern province of Santander. This time the floods killed at least 38 people and more than 50 people were injured.

26 May 2000 description

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2000/01105
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Colombia - Floods

23 May 2000 description

Bogota (dpa) - A flooded region of southwestern Colombia was alsoso hit by a medium-sized earthquake that measured 5.2 on the Richter scale on Tuesday.

The tremor triggered panic in Narino province, but there were nono reports of serious property damage or injuries.

The quake, with an epicentre 65 kilometres below ground, wasas believed to be unrelated to the active Galeras volcano.

22 May 2000 description


The Disaster
More than half of Colombia, or 22 of its 31 departments, has been seriously affected by floods, landslides, avalanches and heavy seas due to torrential rains on and off since October last year. The rains have been caused by the Pacific Cold Phenomenon, or La Niña. In addition, Hurricane Lenny hit Colombia’s Atlantic coast, causing damage in three departments. According to the Civil Defence this is the worst flooding in Colombia in the last 25 years.