Colombia – 15,000 Affected After Rivers Overflow in Chocó Department

The United Nations reports that thousands of people have been affected by flooding in the Chocó Department of Colombia over the last few days.

In a report of 25 February, the UNOCHA said that heavy rains and flooding that began on 22 February, 2019, and have so far affected over 15,000 people.

As many as 7,200 of those affected are in Istmina municipality. Other affected municipalities include Condoto (4,250 affected), Tadó (1,850), Cértegui, Andagoya (2,150) and Río Iró.

The report also says that the San Juan, Iró, Condoto, Cértegui and Quito rivers have all overflowed.

The Colombia Red Cross are working in the areas supporting victims. They say that the floods have caused severe damage to residential and commercial areas. Further damage assessments are still to be carried out, particularly in rural areas of the department, and the numbers of people and areas affected are expected to rise.

Flood Summary

Last updated: March 13, 2019
Event
Chocó Department, Colombia, February to March 2019
Date
February 22, 2019
Type
River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall
A report of 25 February by UNOCHA said that heavy rains and flooding that began on 22 February have affected over 15,000 people in the Chocó Department of Colombia. As many as 7,200 of those affected are in Istmina municipality. Other affected municipalities include Condoto (4,250 affected), Tadó (1,850), Cértegui, Andagoya (2,150) and Río Iró.

A further UNOCHA report of 01 March said that the numbers affected had increased to over 30,000 after flooding affected the municipality of Medio San Juan (14,608 people affected) and Río Quito (1,868 people).

Locations

A - Condoto
B - Tadó
C - Cértegui
D - Andagoya
E - Rio Iro
F - Istmina
G - Medio San Juan
H - Río Quito
I - Quibdó - Rainfall level 79.27 mm in 24 hours
J - Atrato River at Quibdo - River level 5.01 metres
K - Noanama, Istmina - Rainfall level 50.58 mm in 24 hours
L - San Juan River at Noanama, Istmina - River level 8.7 metres
M - Tado - Rainfall level 33.42 mm in 24 hours
N - San Juan River at Tado - River level 5.97 metres

Magnitude

Rainfall level
79.27 mm in 24 hours
Quibdó - February 22 to February 23, 2019
IDEAM figures
River level
5.01 metres
Atrato River at Quibdo - February 27 to February 27, 2019
IDEAM gigures
Rainfall level
50.58 mm in 24 hours
Noanama, Istmina - February 22 to February 23, 2019
IDEAM figures
River level
8.7 metres
San Juan River at Noanama, Istmina - February 24 to February 24, 2019
IDEAM figures
Rainfall level
33.42 mm in 24 hours
Tado - February 22 to February 23, 2019
River level
5.97 metres
San Juan River at Tado - February 23 to February 23, 2019
IDEAM figures. Red Alert is 6 metres

Damages

Affected
30,874
Choco Department - February 22 to February 27, 2019
Increased from 15,450 as of 25 February, according to UNOCHA report of 01 March, 2019.