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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?

03 Jul 2007 description

Bogotá, 3 jul (SNE). El Gobierno Nacional asignó más de 7 mil millones de pesos para subsidios de vivienda con destino a 769 familias que se han visto afectadas por diferentes desastres naturales. Así lo anunció ministro de Ambiente, Vivienda y Desarrollo Territorial, Juan Lozano Ramírez.

26 Sep 2005 description

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries.

23 Dec 2004 description

Amount of Decision: Euro 500,000

Decision reference number: ECHO/COL/BUD/2004/01000

Explanatory Memorandum

1 - Rationale, needs and target population.

1.1. - Rationale:

Each year between late October and December there are heavy rains in Colombia which cause flooding in northern and coastal areas.

13 Dec 2004 description

by Verónica Valcárcel in Bogota, Colombia

Water is the source of life, but it can be a source of death, too.

This is what the people of Colombia have been finding out to their cost since beginning of October, when the heaviest rainy season in the last decade started, taking Colombians by surprise. The non-stop rains have already affected some 350,000 people, particularly along the Caribbean coast.

What makes matters worse is that a large portion of the affected population are people who have been internally displaced by the country's ongoing armed conflict and who have …

09 Dec 2004 description


The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries.

In Brief

Appeal No. 24/04; Operations Update no. 2; Period covered: 16 November -- 6 December 2004; Appeal coverage: 14.8%; (click here to go directly to the attached revised budget. The contributions list is currently being updated).

Appeal history:

03 Dec 2004 description
report Plan International

December 3, 2004

As of the latest report from Colombia, all of the Plan Families are safe and the most significant loss they have incurred is the damage to their homes and loss of their belongings.

Our emergency response will take some time, as you can imagine, as we have to coordinate reconstruction and repair activities with the municipality and other agencies.

Currently, after nearly 3 weeks of relief efforts, there are two shelters with approximately 500 families, 16 of them sponsored by Plan.

03 Dec 2004 description


(A) Highlights

(B) Global: WFP and World AIDS Day

(C) Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Afghanistan, (2) Iran, (3) Russian Federation

(D) East and Central Africa:: (1) Burundi, (2) DR Congo, (3) Eritrea, (4) Ethiopia, (5) Republic of Congo, (6) Rwanda, (7) Somalia, (8) Sudan, (9) Uganda

(E) West Africa: (1) Chad, (2) Cote d'Ivoire, (3) Guinea, (4) Liberia, (5) Sierra Leone

(F) Southern Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Angola, (3) Lesotho, (4) Malawi, (5) Mozambique, (6) Namibia, (7) Zimbabwe

26 Nov 2004 description


(A) Highlights

(B) Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Afghanistan

(C) East and Central Africa: East and Central Africa: (1) Burundi, (2) DR Congo, (3) Eritrea, (4) Ethiopia, (5) Kenya, (6) Rwanda, (7) Somalia, (8) Sudan, (9) Uganda

(D) West Africa: (1) Chad, (2) Cote d'Ivoire, (3) Liberia

(E) Southern Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Angola, (3) Lesotho, (4) Malawi, (5) Mozambique, (6) Namibia, (7) Swaziland, (8) Zimbabwe

(F) Asia: (1) Bangladesh, (2) DPR Korea, (3) Indonesia

19 Nov 2004 description


(A) Highlights

(B) Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe: (1) Afghanistan

(C) East and Central Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Burundi, (3) DR Congo, (4) Eritrea, (5) Ethiopia, (6) Rwanda, (7) Sudan, (8) Uganda

(D) West Africa: (1) Sahel Region, (2) Chad, (3) Cote d'Ivoire, (4) Guinea, (5) Liberia, (6) Sierra Leone

(E) Southern Africa: (1) Regional, (2) Angola, (3) Lesotho, (4) Malawi, (5) Mozambique

(F) Asia: (1) Bangladesh, (2) Cambodia, (3) DPR Korea, (4) Myanmar

18 Nov 2004 description

The U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance is announcing a contribution of $250,000 to help approximately 10,000 people affected by flooding in northern Colombia. USAID is acting in response to a call for assistance by the Colombian Red Cross and the Internnational Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

17 Nov 2004 description


The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries.
In Brief

Appeal No. 24/04; Operations Update no. 1; Period covered: 6 - 15 November 2004

Appeal history:

- Launched on 5 November 2004 for CHF 953,000 (USD 796,312 or EUR 621,646) for 6 months to assist 20,000 beneficiaries.

- Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) allocated: CHF 100,000.

17 Nov 2004 description
report UN Children's Fund

CARTAGENA, Colombia, 17 November 2004 - The government of Colombia declared a state of emergency in eight states, as torrential downpours have caused dangerous floodwaters and landslides affecting an estimated 240,000 people.

This year's rainy season has turned out to be one of the worst in many years. Nineteen Colombians have died since the flooding began, and dozens of people have sustained injuries, some severe.

16 Nov 2004 description

by Verónica Valcárcel in Monteria

The consequences of flooding and landslides are well known: death, injury and homelessness.

15 Nov 2004 description

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2004/170
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Floods - Colombia

11 Nov 2004 description

BOGOTA, Colombia, Nov 11 (Reuters) - The Colombian government on Thursday moved to speed the flow of emergency aid to tens of thousands of people hit by floods and landslides in the north and the center of the country.

The government declared a state of "Public Calamity" in areas hit by torrential rains in the latest tropical wet season, which has driven thousands of people from their homes and killed at least 14 people, the state SNE news agency said.

The measure makes it easier for local and national authorities to obtain funds quickly to attend to victims, who total …

11 Nov 2004 description

by Verónica Valcárcel in Monteria, Colombia

"How did the flood occur?" I asked.

"Didn't you read the news, Miss?" answered one of the men from the community of Nispero. "Some giant black hands appeared from heaven and very heavy rains started and continued through the night.

05 Nov 2004 description


The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries.

In Brief

THIS EMERGENCY APPEAL SEEKS CHF 953,000 (USD 796,312 OR EUR 621,646) IN CASH, KIND, OR SERVICES TO ASSIST 20,000 BENEFICIARIES FOR 6 MONTHS.

CHF 100,000 WAS ALLOCATED FROM THE FEDERATION'S DISASTER RELIEF EMERGENCY FUND (DREF)

The situation

05 Nov 2004 description

As communities along Colombia's Atlantic coast struggle to recover from serious flooding and landslides that have left at least 11 people dead since October, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies today launched an appeal for 950,000 Swiss francs (US$ 796,300/ EUR 621,645) to support the Colombian Red Cross as it assists some of the 95,000 people directly affected.

Twenty-one of Colombia's 32 departments have been affected by the torrential rains, which have destroyed houses, crops and roads.