Destructive floods and landslides hit Colombia

Over the past week, torrential rains hit at least three departments in Colombia. Destructive floods and landslides were recorded in the departments of Antioquia, Meta and Putumayo.

Heavy rain at the end of October 26 caused flooding in the municipality of El Retiro, Antioquia. The Civil Defense reported that the La Agudelo River burst its banks, with more than 130 homes damaged and about 600 residents affected. Search teams were dispatched to the areas after two people were reported missing. Officials later reported that all residents had been found and there were no known injuries or deaths.

A few days earlier, heavy rain caused landslides and flooding in the municipality of San Carlos in Antioquia. Roads were blocked and at least two houses and a bridge were destroyed. There were no reports of injuries or deaths, although 65 families were seriously affected.

The Colombian Civil Defense also reported flooding in the department of Meta over the past few days. One person was rescued from the flooded Guaticia River in Villavicencio. Civil Defense teams were also called in to help evacuate 10 people, including 5 children, from flooded homes in Grenada.

In late October, flooding also affected parts of the Putumayo department. The Civil Defense reported that in the municipalities of Puerto Guzmán and Valle del Guamez, homes were damaged and about 250 people were affected.

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