Colombia

ACT Rapid Response Payment No. 02/2005: Heavy rain and flooding

Format
News and Press Release
Source
Posted
Originally published
Funds Sent To: Lutheran World Federation

Amount Sent : US$ 40,648

Date: 2 March 2005

Details of Payment

Emergency: Heavy rain and flooding

Date of Emergency: 2 March 2005

Requesting Partner: Lutheran World Federation

Implementing Partner: Mission and Development Department of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia (IELCO)

Details of the Emergency:

On 8 February, heavy rains that lasted 17 hours, had led to the flooding and consequently to the overflowing of the Oro and Frío Rivers in Colombia. According to the Santander rescue team, it has been reported that 15 neighbourhoods in Bucaramanga and 50 in Girón suffered severe damages due to the flooding. Girón is the city that has been the most affected.

According to the press, the flooding has left 40 people dead, 90 injured, 45 missing and 30,000 others affected. This tragic event has caused landslides, blocked roads and damages to at least 5,000 homes in Bucaramanga, Girón and Piedecuesta, places where the Lutheran Church of Colombia carries out its mission and development projects. Girón reported 1,500 families that had to be relocated urgently.

Besides Girón, Convivir is another place that suffered severe damages because of the flooding. Covivir is made up of three neighbourhoods called Convivir, Altos de Convivir and the Isla. A total of 212 families suffered the impact of flooding there. They lost their houses and all their belongings. Brisas del Prado, a place where the Lutheran Church of Bucaramanga is present, was also severely affected. There, the raging waters destroyed bridges leaving 32 families totally isolated.

The weather forecast predicts more rain and this is causing people who are already affected by the flooding, to be in a precarious situation. Thousands of people have fled their homes because of the flooding.

The heavy rain has affected six departments on the east and north sides of the national territory. In northern Santander, for example, hundreds of homes were flooded. The flooding and overflowing of the Táchira and Pamplonita rivers left at least 11,000 victims and 20,000 isolated from both, the Venezuela and Colombia's borders.

Proposed Assistance:

The Mission and Development Department of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Colombia (IELCO) will conduct distributions, ensuring that the most vulnerable families receive relief assistance such as food parcels, beds and blankets.

IELCO will conduct assessment missions to affected areas, take a census and collect data of affected zones, develop a full ACT appeal application, co-ordinate with other ACT members in Colombia and with Mayor's Office, Colombian Red Cross, Defence Civil and the Colombian Military Forces.

Implementation period will be three months from the day funding is received for the requested funds.

Budget

Description
Type of Unit
No. of Unit
Unit Cost Local
Budget Local
Budget $US
Humanitarian Aid
Emergency Beds unit
100
200,000
20,000,000
8,696
Blankets sheet
500
15,000
7,500,000
3,260
Towels sheet
300
10,000
3,000,000
1,304
Mattreses unit
200
30,000
6,000,000
2,608
Groceries
200
80,000
16,000,000
6,956
Hygiene Supplies unit
200
30,000
6,000,000
2,608
Small Cooking Stoves unit
100
100,000
10,000,000
4,348
Total Humanitarian Aid
68,500,000
29,780
Clothing and Winter Clothes
T-Shirts piece
300
10,000
3,000,000
1,304
Sweat Pants pair
300
20,000
6,000,000
2,608
Plastic Sandals pair
500
8,000
4,000,000
1,739
Total Clothing and Winter Clothes
13,000,000
5,651
Medicine
First Aid Kits unit
4
500,000
2,000,000
869
Transportation lump sum
5,000,000
2,174
Support Working Team people
5
1,000,000
5,000,000
2,174
Total Estimated Expenditure
93,500,000
40,648

Estimated Rate: US $ 1 = 2,3000

ACTION

The ACT Co-ordinating Office has approved the use of US$ 40,648 towards the budget from its Rapid Response Fund and would be grateful to receive contributions to wholly or partially replenish this payment. As the situation is so severe an appeal may be forthcoming shortly.

ACT is a worldwide network of churches and related agencies meeting human need through co-ordinated emergency response.

The ACT Co-ordinating Office is based with the World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) in Switzerland.

For further information please contact:
White Rakuba ACT Director
Phone: ++41 22 791 6032
Email: wmr@act-intl.org

Elsa Moreno, ACT Appeals Officer
Phone: ++41 22 791 6420
Email: elm@act-intl.org
ACT Web Site address: http://www.act-intl.org/