Rainy Season Continues Causing Havoc in Colombia
Bogota, Apr 21 (Prensa Latina) Nine Colombian departments are still on alert for heavy rains, while recovery work continues in Manizales to find missing people while inhabitants of Mocoa try to erase the traces of the devastating avalanches that occurred on April 1st.
According to the Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies, despite the intensity of rainstorms, the rainy season started in March could last until June so far within normal parameters.
Omar Franco, director of that institution, called for extreme precautions to avoid tragedies such as those experienced by the inhabitants in Mocoa, capital of the southern department of Putumayo, and Manizales (Caldas) in the heart of the coffee zone.
More than 320 people died in the first of those places due to the avalanches that surprised the villagers early today after dragging trees, houses, bridges and everything found in their path.
The landslides caused injuries to a similar number of citizens and left about 100 missing people, allegedly buried under mountains of mud and debris.
More tha 4,000 victims were initially sheltered, local authorities said.
When there is a lot of work to do as to restore the city of Mocoa, located in the Amazon region, another natural disaster hits again the country.
This time is Manizales, known as the City of Open Doors, suffered the effects of floods and landslides, in which about 17 villagers died.
In order to take preventive measures such as the relocation of communities in areas at risk, the Colombian government will provide additional financial resources to municipalities and provincial governments.
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