Colombia – Floods and Landslides in Arauca, Norte De Santander and Boyacá

Floods and landslides have affected north-eastern parts of Colombia over the last few days.

UN OCHA report that the departments of Arauca, Norte de Santander and Boyacá have all seen flooding from overflowing rivers as well as landslides as a result of heavy rainfall over the last few days.

Most recently the municipalities of Toledo, Labateca, Chitagá, Cácota in Norte de Santander, and the municipality of Arauca in Arauca department have been affected.

In Norte de Santander, the municipalities of Toledo, Labateca and Chitagá are currently without drinking water and power supply.

Authorities estimate that more than 1,000 families have been affected by flooding in the town of Arauca, capital of Arauca department.

Across the 3 departments, more than 5,500 people have been affected by floods or landslides since the heavy rain began. Over 100 houses have been destroyed and 600 damaged. as many as 43 roads, 31 bridges and 62 aqueducts have also suffered damage, according to OCHA figures.

NGRD Report Disaster Figures for May to June Rainy Season

Colombia’s National System for Disaster Risk Management (NGRD) earlier this week reported figures for those affected by the start of the rainy season between May and June this year.

NGRD say that 110 people have been killed in flood related incidents in the country since May. At least 98 of the fatalities occurred in the floods in Salgar, Antioquia.

As many as 20,2332 families have been affected by flooding of heavy rain, across 173 municipalities in the departments of Arauca, Antioquia, Casanare, Chocó, Córdoba and Norte de Santander.