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Colombia - Floods Feb 1994 UN DHA Information Reports 1-2

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DHA-GENEVA 94/0038
COLOMBIA - FLOODS
INFORMATION REPORT NO.1
2 FEBRUARY 1994

1. THREE RIVERS BURST THEIR BANKS AND FLASH FLOODS CAUSED, ACCORDING TO PRELIMINARY DATA, 6 DEATHS, DOZEN MISSING AND THOUSAND HOME LESS ON 31 JANUARY 1994.

2. FOUR SQUATTER NEIGHBOURHOODS LOCATED IN HIGH- RISK AREA IN WORST-AFFECTED TOWN OF FLORIDA (75,000 INHABITANTS, 400 KM/240 MILES SOUTHWEST OF BOGOTA) WERE SWEPT AWAY BY AN UP TO TEN-METRE HIGH (30 FEET) WAVE OF MUD, WATER, DEBRIS AND ROCKS. FLORIDA MAYOR REPORTED THAT 1,500 HOMELESS FOUND REFUGE IN SCHOOLS AND CHURCHES (BUT MANY OTHERS REMAINED IN AFFECTED AREA), WHILE 300 RED CROSS, CIVIL DEFENCE WORKERS AND POLICE SHOVELLED AND SEARCHED FOR SURVIVORS.

3. TOWNS AND VILLAGES ELSEWHERE IN COLOMBIA HAVE BEEN FLOODED BY HEAVY RAINS OVER LAST TWO MONTHS, NOTABLY IN ANTIOQUIA PROVINCE.

4. NO REQUEST FOR INTERNATIONAL AID HAS BEEN RECEIVED BY DHA, WHICH IS IN CONTACT WITH DHA/UNDP RESREP IN BOGOTA.

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DHA-GENEVA 94/0040

COLOMBIA - FLOODS
DHA-GENEVA INFORMATION REPORT NO.2
4 FEBRUARY 1994

1. ACCORDING TO GOVT DATA AS OF 3 FEB, FLASH FLOODS DUE TO OVERFLOWING OF FRAYLE, BOLO AND TULUA RIVERS IN AREAS OF FLORIDA, PRADERA AND TULUA (VALLE DE CAUCA DEPARTMENT) ON 31 JAN 94 HAD FOLLOWING IMPACT:

- APPROXIMATELY 8,500 PEOPLE (1,200 FAMILIES) AFFECTED

- 11 CONFIRMED DEATHS (OTHER BODIES TRAPPED UNDER MUD/DEBRIS)

- 50 HOSPITALIZED (ALREADY DISCHARGED)

- 450 DWELLINGS DESTROYED, 600 DAMAGED

- DAMAGE TO: 10 WATER DISTRIBUTION NETWORKS (3 URBAN, 7 RURAL) AND 5 ROADS WITH BRIDGES(ACCESS ROAD TO FLORIDA AND 4 SECONDARY ROADS)

- CROPS ALONG RIVER BANKS DESTROYED

2. DEATH TOLL COULD HAVE BEEN HIGHER IF MAJORITY OF AFFECTED PEOPLE IN FLORIDA HAD NOT BEEN EVACUATED MINUTES PRIOR TO FLOODS.

3. SEARCH AND RESCUE, FOOD, MEDICINES, WATER AND TEMPORARY SHELTER PROVIDED WITH NATIONAL RESOURCES. ATTENTION NOW FOCUSING ON REPAIR OF INFRASTRUCTURE AND REHABILITATION EFFORTS.

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