Colombia: Floods and Landslides - Mar 2013

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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 floods affected 56,770 people and damaged more than 500 homes. Thirty bridges and 100 water systems were destroyed. (OCHA, 31 Mar 2013)

By the end of May, 140,000 people had been affected by floods. Almost 700 homes were destroyed and over 14,000 damaged. The most affected areas were on the Pacific Coast in Chocó. (OCHA, 31 May 2013).

Continuing rainfall since July along the border with Ecuador in Putumayo intensified in August and subsequent flooding affected more than 78,500 people and damaged more than 1,700 homes and 32,022 hectares of crops (OCHA, 31 Aug 2013).

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