Three people killed in floods and landslides in 7 departments in Colombia

Three people were killed in recent floods in the department of Meta, Colombia, while the Civil Defense reported floods and landslides in 7 departments across the country in the past 2 weeks.

Floods have affected the municipalities of El Dorado, Mapiripán, Villavicencio and Acacias in the department of Meta since August 10, 2021. The Civil Defense reported that 3 people died as a result of flooding in Acacias and about 80 people were affected in Mapiripan.

In the past 2 weeks, floods and landslides have occurred in 7 departments across the country, affecting about 5,000 people.

Floods and landslides occurred in the municipality of Pereira in the department of Risaralda on July 30, 2021. Two deaths were reported. Roads, water infrastructure and residences were damaged.

Also on July 30, in the municipality of Briceño, Antioquia department, houses were destroyed by flooding after rivers burst their banks. According to the department’s emergency services, 26 houses collapsed and dozens of people were affected. Many were relocated to safer locations in nearby public buildings.

On August 03, flooding affected 2,277 people in the municipality of Sucre, located in the department of Sucre in northern Colombia. Also in the north August 08, 945 people were affected and 189 homes were damaged by flooding in the municipality of Sabanalarga in the department of Atlantico.

In the west of the Chocó department, on August 06, 95 homes were damaged by floods in the municipality of Certegui, with 440 people affected.

Further east, one person was injured and 30 injured in a landslide in Ocaña, Norte de Santander department, on August 10. Floods in the neighboring department of Boyaca affected 440 people in Chiquinquira on August 13.

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