INTERNATIONAL: Over 200 die in Colombia floods

By BBC

_95420393_7f7d5e31-a57e-4b86-9a42-3f4df47a334eBBC – Landslides have killed at least 206 people in south-west Colombia and left many more injured, aid officials say.

Hours of heavy rains overnight caused rivers to burst their banks, flooding homes with mud in Putumayo province.

The Red Cross said that at least 220 were missing, and another 202 were injured.

President Juan Manuel Santos, who travelled to the area, said troops had been deployed as part of a national emergency response.

He declared a state of emergency in the region.

Reuters news agency said more than 1,100 soldiers and police officers had joined the rescue effort. One army officer said the main local hospital was struggling to cope.

The region’s governor, Sorrel Aroca, told Colombian media that whole neighbourhoods had been buried.

Rescue services said their efforts had been hampered by continuing bad weather and damaged infrastructure.

“There are mobility issues on almost 80% of the roads, and from where the road ends, it is three hours to where the landslide took place,” said one police officer.

Bridges have also been swept away.

Jose Antonio Castro, mayor of the provincial capital Mocoa, told Caracol radio that the town was “totally isolated”, without electricity and water.

On arriving at the scene, President Santos told reporters, “My heart and the hearts of all Colombians are with the victims of this tragedy.”

An alarm had sounded as the river’s levels rose, leading many people to leave their homes for shelter, and avoiding wider loss of life, Colombia’s El Tiempo newspaper said.

 

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One comment

  1. Such a tragedy, no one should ever, ever have that happen to them.

    They are our brothers and sisters.

    They need our help.

    Why isn't our government offering *immediate* emergency assistance and providing the tremendously trained medical talent that we have here to help them in their time of need.

    Further, why isn't our government offering to take in, on an emergency basis those most afected by this calamity to provide them with humaine food, shelter, and health care.

    Our island has both the money anf the talent and the Christian spirit to do so.

    Where is our leadership in their most urgent time of need?

    We may be in such a situation at some point and count on the aid of others. One severe weather event such as, god forbid, another Tomas, given the compromised state, really, really under-maintained state of our nation's critical infrastructure, including sewers, potaable water, electicity, and north-south roads, our economy, lives,safety and security could be at peril.

    Is our government equipped for this?

    Have they done the due diligence, contingency planning, and risk management that most other nations do as an Emergency Management Plan, Risk Exposure & Management, Business Conntingency, or anything even in the ballpark? perhaps they have, to their credit, and have not shared ot nor held thr emergency measures practice exercises.

    If they have, no need to worry about a bit of silly rain, everything's going to be okay.

    Does anyone have the answers on this?

    Question more.

    God Bless.

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