First Rainy Season in Colombia - Impact from March 15th to May 30th, 2008

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1. Situation

1.1. First rainy season

Starting on March 15th, DPAD (1) began to register persons affected by the first rainy season in Colombia, which according to IDEAM (2) will continue to be a problem in the upcoming days and weeks. For this reason, the SNPAD (3) warned that threats could lead to adverse events for the population. On June 2nd, IDEAM published the following alerts: Rainy conditions persist over most of Colombia, particularly in the departments of Antioquia, Santander, Norte de Santander, and the Eje Cafetero, Piedmont and central Pacific regions. The following alerts are for high water levels and slow flooding, flash flooding and landslides. The Magdalena river presents falling levels between Neiva and Puerto Berrío, while rising levels continue between Puerto Berrío and the mouth of the river. Cauca river has high levels starting at Virginia (Risaralda). (See Annexed river alerts).

In a DPAD communiqué (May 28th, 2008), high level and flooding alerts continued along the Arauca, Magdalena, Cauca, Ot=FAn, Atrato and Bogotá rivers, and alerts were issued for flash flooding on Carare river. Alerts were reissued for high levels and flooding on San Andrés and Providencia islands and alerts for landslides were issued along the Piedmont in Meta, Cundinamarca (including the area recently affected by an earthquake), Casanare and Boyacá; western Antioquia; central and eastern Caldas and the mining region of western Colombia.

According to IDEAM reports, a tropical depression is currently crossing Colombia from east to west and will worsen conditions in the upcoming days.

1.2. Earthquakes

According to INGEOMINAS (June 3rd, 2008), the past 10 notable earthquakes between May 24th and June 2nd occurred in central Colombia.

On Saturday, May 24th, at 14:20 local time, an earthquake was registered 8.6km northeast of the municipal seat of Quetame (Cundinamarca) near the surface with 5.7 magnitude on the Richter scale. This was followed by 65 aftershocks during the following 56 hours.

The final earthquakes were registered on June 2nd, at 18:50:25.4 local time in San Juanito (Meta) with 3.9 intensity on the Richter scale, with no persons affected.


(1) DPAD: Dirección Nacional para La prevención and Atención de Desastres.

(2) IDEAM: Instituto de Hidrología, Meteorología and Estudios Ambientales

(3) SNPAD: Sistema Nacional para la prevención and Atención de Desastres

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