ACT Alliance Preliminary Appeal: Colombia Preliminary Appeal floods and mudslides in Mocoa – COL171


Preliminary Appeal Target: US$ 179,493.15
Balance Requested: US$ 179,493.15


During the early hours of April 1st , 130 mm of rain fell in the city of Mocoa in southwest Colombia, causing the flooding of the Mocoa, Mulato, and Sangoyaco Rivers, and several mudslides throughout Mocoa, pushing several feet of mud and rocks onto buildings and roads in the capital of southwestern Putumayo Department. National Disaster Risk Management Unit (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. As consequence, 36 neighbourhoods were affected, destroying six and seriously damaging 17, the total number of houses affected is not yet known. According to data from the National Risk Management Unit (UNGRD), Red Cross Colombia (RCC), the Unified Command Post in Mocoa, the Local Coordination Team in Putumayo and OCHA, the impact of mudslides has resulted in 332 deaths, (117 of them children); 332 wounded; 103 disappeared; 4,506 families affected; 10 active shelters with 876 families/3404 persons. Authorities have announced that the number of shelters will be reduced to three after 17th of April. UNITAR-UNOSAT has estimated a total of 2,361 homes that could be affected by the avalanche. The overall affected population is estimated in 45.00 people according to the Colombian Red Cross (CRC).


Food security, WASH, Community Based Psychosocial Support, (CBPS), Protection, Livelihood, early recovery.