Colombia CO: Mocoa Avalanche Humanitarian Situation Report #3, 6 April 2017

Situation Report
Originally published


Situation in Numbers

Over 3,088 # of families registered as affected in Mocoa

3,417 # of people currently residing in temporary shelters (OCHA 6 April 2017)

306 # of persons reported dead, of which

98 # are children (OCHA 6 April 2017)

332 # of persons injured

441 # of persons missing (UNGRD 06 April 2017)

5 # of educational institutions affected, and 12,500 children out of school (OCHA 2 April 2017)


  • Moderate rainfall continues in Putumayo, raising the likelihood of new mudslides.

  • UNGRD continues to lead humanitarian response.

  • UNICEF personnel on-site lead the WASH and Education in Emergency sectors.

  • Protection consultant arrives to provide technical assistance on Unaccompanied and Separated Children, GBV and psychosocial support.

Situation Overview & Humanitarian Needs

Five days after the avalanche washed through 36 neighbourhoods of Mocoa on 1 April 2017, destroying six and seriously damaging 17, the authorities continue to respond to the most pressing humanitarian needs in the affected capital of Putumayo. Basic services remain uncertain, and thousands of affected persons are grouped in twelve shelters in Mocoa and numerous spontaneous settlements on the outskirts of town, including one in the town of Villa Garzon. Key humanitarian needs determined by UNGRD and local authorities continue to centre on: physical and mental health; food and nutrition; water, sanitation and hygiene; education; and protection issues. Infrastructure damage has been massive, affecting electricity, water supply, food security and educational services. The Government has suspended classes for one week prior to Easter holidays.