Colombia: Floods and Landslides - Mar 2019

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Heavy rains and flooding have been affecting the Colombian department of Chocó since last week, provoking the overflow of the Rivers San Juan, Iró, Condoto, Cértegui and Quito. More than 3 000 families in at least six municipalities (Condoto, Tadó, Cértegui, Andagoya, Río Iró e Istmina) are affected. According to the Red Cross, which is already providing support to the victims, these floods have caused severe damage to both residential and commercial areas. (ECHO, 26 Feb 2019)

On 11 March 2019, the Colombia National Disaster Risk Management Unit (UNGRD) reported recent heavy rain in 14 municipalities of the following departments: Cundinamarca, Nariño, Antioquia, Valle del Cauca, Caldas, Cauca, and Magdalena; 278 families were affected and 17 suffered injuries due to landslides and floods. The Municipality of Tenerife, Magdalena Department reported one death. In Chocó Department, floods affected 10 municipalities. Elsewhere, in a town of 70,000 habitants in Necoclí Municipality, Antioquia Department, media reported a drought causing people there to move to other towns in search of water. (PAHO, 12 Mar 2019)

On 26 March 2019, [UNGRD] indicated that 26 days after the first rain season in Colombia, 1,514 families have been affected and 17 people suffered injuries in 15 departments and 65 municipalities due to floods. Nationally, five deaths have been reported. The most affected departments were: Cundinamarca, Cauca, Tolima, Santander, Caldas, Cesar, Nariño, Chocó, Risaralda, Antioquia, Boyacá, Valle del Cauca, Magdalena, Guainía, and Norte de Santander. (PAHO, 27 Mar 2019)

Heavy rainfall has been affecting several departments of Colombia over the past two weeks, causing floods and landslides. The most affected Departments are Antioquia, Nariño, Cauca, Cundinamarca, Huila, Caldas and Caquetá. According to media reports, as of 15 April 13 people have died, one person is missing, 13 are reported injured and 549 families have been affected. In addition, 20 houses have been destroyed and 384 houses damaged. In Vigía del Fuerte Municipality (Antioquia Department) the floodings have left several communities isolated since 7 April. (ECHO, 15 Apr 2019)

As of 24 April at 8.00 UTC, media report that 29 people are now dead in Rosas (south-western Cauca Province) while three are still missing. Search and rescue operations are ongoing. Access to the Panamericana highway connecting Quito to Cali remains restricted. (ECHO, 24 Apr 2019)

On 22 May 2019, the media reported heavy rain and an overflow of the Timbiquí and Saija rivers flooded urban and rural sectors of the Timbiqui Municipality in Cauca Department, Colombia where more than 1,400 families were affected. The most affected sectors were Francia, Buenos Aires, Union de Vivienda, Bella Vista (urban sectors), as well as Coteje and Cupí (rural sectors). (PAHO, 22 May 2019)

On 25 June 2019, [UNGRD] reported that as of 25 June, 36% of the country’s municipalities have been affected in 2019 by torrential rains, with a total of 45,120 affected families (including 98 deaths) and damaging 20,000 homes, 491 roads, 43 bridges, and 18 hospitals. (PAHO, 28 Jun May 2019)

On 5 July 2019, [UNGRD] reported heavy rain and floods in Meta Department, Orinoquía Region, Colombia, where the national government provided humanitarian assistance for more than 2,173 families due to an overflow of the Guaviare, Ariari, and Guayabero rivers. In addition, media reported 13,357 families, 5,375 homes, and 21,196 hectares of agricultural land were affected due to floods and severe winter weather. (PAHO, 8 Jul 2019)

As of 23 July, the intense rains that have been occurring since June in the departments of Meta and Guaviare in the framework of the winter wave, have caused landslides, gales and floods after the overflow of the rivers Guaviare, Ariari and Guayabero, mainly affecting rural populations of 12 municipalities (Puerto Concordia, La Macarena, Puerto Lleras, Vista Hermosa, Mesetas, Granada, Villavicencio, Guamal, San Juan de Arama, El Castillo and El Dorado in the Meta) and San José del Guaviare (Guaviare-). The Local Coordination Team identified at least 15,600 affected people (3,541 families), based on reports from the National Unit for Risk and Disaster Management (UNGRD) and the South East Regional Social Ministry. (OCHA, 27 Jul 2019)

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