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Natural Disasters Monitoring - March 12, 2019

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Severe Weather

On 11 March 2019, the Colombia National Disaster Risk Management Unit (UNGRD) reported recent heavy rain in 14 municipalities of the following departments: Cundinamarca, Nariño, Antioquia, Valle del Cauca, Caldas, Cauca, and Magdalena; 278 families were affected and 17 suffered injuries due to landslides and floods. The Municipality of Tenerife, Magdalena Department reported one death. In Chocó Department, floods affected 10 municipalities. Elsewhere, in a town of 70,000 habitants in Necoclí Municipality, Antioquia Department, media reported a drought causing people there to move to other towns in search of water. The complete reports are available in Spanish at: UNGRD and Noticias RCN.

Guatemala (Update)
On 12 March 2019, the Guatemala National Coordination for Disaster Reduction (CONRED) published an update regarding low temperatures in the following departments: Alta Verapaz, Guatemala, Huehuetenango, Jalapa, Jutiapa, Quetzaltenango, Quiché, Sacatepéquez, San Marcos, Sololá, and Totonicapán. A total of 15,785 people are affected nationally (1,531 increase since the 28 February 2019). Currently, there are 17 open shelters. The report is available in Spanish at: CONRED.


On 12 March 2019, the Town Hall of the State of Veracruz, Mexico reported a wildfire in Toxtlacoaya, Las Vigas Municipality. Media reported, about 2,000 families were evacuated from Hojas Anchas and San Juan del Monte communities at 7:30 AM local time. The reports are available in Spanish at: Ayutamiento Veracruz, CONAFOR, and Debate Noticias. In addition, a PAHO map of the affected areas is available at: Natural Hazards.