ACT Alliance Appeal: Floods and mudslides in Mocoa Colombia – COL171

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Appeal Target: US$ 75,000.00
Balance Requested: US$ 69, 369.00

San Salvador 31 May 2017

Dear Colleagues,

On the night of 31 March 2017, increased rainfall caused the Mocoa, Sangoyaco and Mulata Rivers to overflow, which in turn generated a mudslide in the municipality of Mocoa, capital of the department of Putumayo. The national authority for disasters, UNGRD, reported that the affected area received 33 per cent of its monthly total of rainfall (130 mm of the 400-mm monthly average) on the night of the disaster. Reportedly, 332 people died and 332 were injured in the mudslides. According to UNGRD 5,883 families including 5,089 men, 5,857 women, 3,005 boys and 2,931 girls are registered as victims. As of April 26th, 511 people were still in 2 shelters, a figure that will continue to decrease as rental subsidies are delivered. The remaining families are expected to concentrate on the shelter “El Pepino”, with capacity for 1,400 people. Community leaders report that many people stay at relative´s and friend´s homes, in overcrowded conditions. With regards to infrastructure, 3 aqueducts and the sewage system are affected, 10 roads are damaged, 2 bridges collapsed and 5 are being rehabilitated.

This full appeal replaces the preliminary appeal issued on April 16 now removed from our website.