Floods in Chocó, Colombia

More than 4,000 people have been displaced by floods in the department of Chocó, Colombia. According to Trust, heavy rainfall since 18 November resulted in the Atrato, Andagueda and Capa rivers overflowing, flooding nearby areas with flood water as high as 2 metres. Homes have been destroyed, as well as crops and livestock, which is likely to bring seveere hardship for the people in this region of small scale farmers.

The areas worst afected are Lloró, Bagadó, Medio Baudó and Atrato. Some local media also mention that some areas around Quibdó, the state capital, have also been affected by the flooding.

Carlos Iván Márquez, Director General of Colombia’s Disaster Risk Management Office, said that there have been no casualties in the floods, although as many as 20,000 people could be affected. Some aid and relief items have been distributed to the displaced families, including hygiene kits, sleeping mats and sheets, mosquito nets and cooking equipment.

The heavy rainfall is thought to have been the result of severe tropical storms in the area, and is expected to last until mid-December, and possibly to the end of the year.

Colombia has experienced endless flooding over the last three years, enduring what must feel like constant rainfall.

According to Wikipedia, Lloró in Chocó, Colombia, is the wettest place in the world:

The municipality of Lloró holds the Highest Average Annual Precipitation record measured at 523.6 inches (13,300 mm) which makes it the wettest place in the world

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Floods in Chocó, 2010. Photo: Oxfam

Sources: Relief Web; Trust