Colombia

Colombia - Floods Apr 1993 UN DHA Information Report No. 1

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DHA-GENEVA 93/0151
COLOMBIA - FLOODS
DHA-GENEVA INFORMATION REPORT NO.1
27 APRIL 1993

SITUATION

1. EARLY MORNING MONDAY 26 APRIL 1993, TAPARTO RIVER IN NORTHWEST COLUMBIA BURST ITS BANKS, CAUSING FLASH FLOODS WHICH SWEPT AWAY PEOPLE, PEASANT HOUSES AND CROPS AND TRIGGERED LANDSLIDES. THE FLASH FLOODS AFFECTED A MOUNTAINOUS AREA OF ABOUT 20 SQUARE KILOMETRES IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF ANDES (120 MILES NORTHWEST OF BOGOTA).

2. ACCORDING TO INITIAL REPORTS FROM THE NATIONAL DISASTER PREVENTION AND RELIEF OFFICE 23 PEOPLE WERE KILLED, 33 INJURED AND 40 ARE MISSING. 50 HOUSES AND 7 BRIDGES WERE DESTROYED. UNPAVED ROADS SERVING THE AFFECTED AREA WERE BLOCKED BY LANDSLIDES.

3. OTHER PARTS OF COLOMBIA SUFFERED FROM UNUSUALLY HEAVY RAINS THIS MONTH WHICH HAVE CAUSED FLOODING IN AMAZONAS AND OTHER PROVINCES (META, TOLIMA, BOYACA AND NARINO). 4 PEOPLE WERE KILLED, 7 INJURED AND 3 REPORTED MISSING. THE FLOODS HAVE DAMAGED HOUSES AND INFRASTRUCTURE AND DISRUPTED AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION. ABOUT 1,600 FAMILIES ARE AFFECTED. IT IS FEARED THAT THE SITUATION WILL FURTHER DETERIORATE.

NATIONAL RESPONSE

4. AS OF 4.30 A.M., 26 APRIL 1993, REGIONAL COMMITTEE OF ANTIOQUIA STARTED TO ORGANIZE RELIEF AND RESCUE OPERATIONS FOR VICTIMS OF THE TAPARTO RIVER DISASTER. MEDICAL TEAMS AND PERSONNEL FROM THE RED CROSS, CIVIL DEFENSE, PUBLIC WORKS AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE WENT TO THE SITE WITH TWO HELICOPTERS AND AMBULANCES TO SEARCH FOR VICTIMS, PROVIDE MEDICAL ATTENTION TO THOSE IN NEED AND DELIVER RELIEF SUPPLIES. AFFECTED FAMILIES HAVE BEEN ACCOMMODATED IN LOCAL CENTRES AND SCHOOLS FOR TEMPORARY SHELTER. PUBLIC WORKS STARTED ROAD CLEARANCE OPERATIONS. DETAILED DAMAGE AND NEEDS ASSESSMENT UNDER WAY. NATIONAL DISASTER RESPONSE SYSTEM STANDS READY TO SUPPORT LOCAL AND REGIONAL RELIEF EFFORT, IF REQUIRED.

5. FOLLOWING A REQUEST FROM THE REGIONAL COMMITTEE OF AMAZONAS, RELIEF IS BEING MOBILIZED FROM NATIONAL RESOURCES FOR THIS PROVINCE WHERE OVER 800 FAMILIES IN 34 VILLAGES HAVE BEEN AFFECTED AND A FURTHER 2,300 FAMILIES ARE AT RISK. RELIEF SUPPLIES INCLUDING FOOD AID, MEDICAMENTS, CLOTHING, KITCHEN UTENSILS, TEMPORARY SHELTER MATERIAL, CANOES AND OUTBOARD ENGINES ARE BEING DELIVERED. COLOMBIAN RED CROSS, CIVIL DEFENSE, MINISTRY OF HEALTH AND COLOMBIAN AIR FORCE PARTICIPATING IN THESE OPERATIONS.

COUNTRY-LEVEL INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE

6. UN/DHA RESIDENT COORDINATOR MONITORING SITUATION IN CONSULTATION WITH NATIONAL AUTHORITIES. NO REQUEST FOR INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE RECEIVED TO DATE.

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