ACT Alliance Appeal: Colombia, Arauca Floods – COL151

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Appeal Target: US$ 310,001

Balance Requested: US$ 14,001

ACT total response, US$ 886,881

Echo and OCHA contribution US$ 576,880

Geneva, 06 July 2015

Dear Colleagues,

After several days of heavy rains at the end of May, 4 municipalities have been flooded in the northeastern

department of Arauca, affecting both urban areas and rural areas. The Arauca River and their tributaries overflowed, forcing communities to be evacuated due to this emergency. Main and local roads were affected. Individual houses and public spaces were flooded. Municipal water distributing structures were affected, as well as household and community wells in rural communities. Most of the rural population depends on small-scale farming (cocoa, plantain and rice crops) and livestock farming for subsistence, many of which have been lost.

The affected population in Saravena and Arauquita municipalities is 12,000 persons. The first week of June, the National Unit for Disaster risk management (UNGRD) reported that it distributed in the municipalities of Arauca, Arauquita, Saravena, Fortul (Arauca department) and Cubará (Boyacá department) 3,000 food kits (10 days for 5 persons), 3,000 cleaning kits, 6,000 mosquito nets, 9,000 hammocks, and 6,000 polypropylene bags to build dams. However substantial assistance is still needed.

For this emergency response, LWF is using this Appeal as an effort to have a single plan to provide assistance to the affected population with funds from ACT members and complementary funds from ECHO and OCHA up to 576,880 USD.