Colombia: Earthquake and Floods - Jan 2014

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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 people and heavily damaged at least 150 homes, which are at risk of additional flooding and need to be relocated. Health, water and hygiene and education infrastructure sustained heavy damage as well. Ongoing armed conflict in the region makes humanitarian access difficult. A Multi-Cluster Initial Rapid Assessment mission is planned for 21 Jan. (OCHA, 14 Jan 2014)

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