Colombia

Colombia: Flooding/Windstorm in Putumayo Department, Situation Report No. 1

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I. PRIORITIES / HIGHLIGHTS

· On 16 August a strong windstorm affected more than 52,000 people in western, central and eastern Putumayo department (southern border with Ecuador). Some of the people affected had been hit by massive flooding at the end of July, with the floods affecting more than 95,000 people.

· Despite an overall strong response to the floods by the National Unit for Disaster Management and Response (UNGRD), critical gaps remain regarding access to secure water, livelihoods, health and nutrition, particularly in conflict-affected rural areas to which authorities have limited access.

· In coordination with UNGRD, humanitarian partners have prioritized and launched complementary responses in WASH and crop rehabilitation in areas to which government access is severely constrained, including rural Puerto Asis, Puerto Leguizamo and Valle de Guamuez.

· Humanitarian partners are in the process of submitting proposals to the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to request urgently needed kick-start funding for amplifying interventions in WASH, health, nutrition and crop rehabilitation.

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