At least 50 people have died in the last two months in Colombia as a result of the rains that also leave 20,390 families affectedOfficial sources reported this Wednesday.
The state National Unit for Disaster Risk Management of Colombia (UNGRD) detailed in a statement that, between the March 16 and May 16, “50 Colombians have died, another 50 have been injured and 9 are still missing.
There were also damages and breakdowns in more than 10,467 homes and another 200 have been destroyed, while other infrastructure was affected in 573 highways, 61 vehicular bridges, 29 pedestrian bridges, 64 aqueducts, 87 schools, 31 sewers and 3 health centers. These damages are the product of 319 landslides, 163 floods, 79 sudden floods, 38 gales, 18 storms, 18 torrential avenues and 4 hailstorms added the information.
The rains have affected 324 municipalities in 26 departments, mainly in Cundinamarca, Norte de Santander, Antioquia, Cauca, Huila, Tolima and Santander. “We have now completed two months since the first season of
rains in the country, which already leaves us affectations in more than 324 municipalities of 26 departments of the country. We are active, working together with the mayors and governors in the response processes, serving the communities“, said Fernando Carvajal Calderón, director in charge of the UNGRD.
On the other hand, the Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (Ideam) reported that in the face of landslides, 565 municipalities in the country have some type of alert. Of that total133 have red alert112 orange and the remaining 320 yellow.