Colombia: Mudslide DREF n° MDRCO012 Final Report

Situation Report
Originally published


A. Situation Analysis

Description of Disaster

Extremely heavy rainfall on 31 March 2017 in the Municipality of Mocoa, capital of the Department of Putumayo, produced a landslide and caused the Mocoa, Sangoyaco and Mulato Rivers to overflow; this emergency claimed the lives of 336 people and injured 389 people in the impacted communities, particularly affecting the neighborhoods of San Fernando, San Miguel, Independencia, Chaparros, San Agustín, Naranjito, Pablo VI, Avenida 17 de Julio, Miraflores and Progreso in the urban zone of Mocoa. People with the most serious injuries were transported by air to medical centres in Neiva, Cali, Popayán and Bogotá. On 6 April, the President of the Republic declared an economic, social and ecological emergency for 30 days in the urban and rural areas of the Municipality of Mocoa.

Summary of current response

Overview of Host National Society

The Colombian Red Cross Society (CRCS) mobilized 370 people for the emergency, including volunteers and staff, carrying out interventions with volunteers and staff members from other branches and local volunteers and employees. The following actions were implemented during the second response phase, which focused on stabilization and humanitarian assistance; the local branches that supported this operation included Cundinamarca, Boyacá, Tolima, Nariño, Putumayo, Quindío, Antioquia, Risaralda, Atlántico, Bolívar, Caquetá, Arauca, Caldas, Meta, Cesar, Norte de Santander, Valle del Cauca, Casanare, Santander, Putumayo, Magdalena, Huila and La Guajira.

The National Society implemented the following areas of action:

  • Health

  • Management of collective centres

  • Logistics

  • Telecommunications

  • Transport

  • Restoring Family Links (RFL)

  • Activation and coordination of the crisis room

  • Provision of humanitarian assistance

  • Water and environmental sanitation