Colombia – Houses Destroyed by Flash Floods and Landslides in Cali

At least 8 houses were destroyed after heavy rain in Santiago de Cali (also known as Cali), capital of Valle del Cauca department in southwestern Colombia early 22 March, 2021.

Flood damage in Cali, Colombia, after heavy rain 22 March 2021. Photo: Government of Cali

Authorities said 116mm of rain fell in the space of a few hours, causing flash floods and landslides. Widespread damage was reported across several points of the city, including falling trees, damaged roads and collapsed houses. The district of Siloé was among the worst affected areas.

Mayor of Cali, Jorge Iván Ospina Gómez said, “In Siloé, eight houses have collapsed, fortunately they were empty. We have multiple landslides towards Siloé and Terrón Colorado, in addition to two major landslides on the road to the sea. Fortunately, we only have one minor injury.” The mayor added that flooding also caused damage some public buildings, including hospitals.

Around 50 families were affected in Siloé and dozens of others across the city. Emergency shelter has been provided by for displaced families.

The flash floods of 22 March in Cali follow a series of rain-triggered disasters in the department of Valle del Cauca over the last 2 weeks.

Disaster authorities reported that at least 1 person died and 2 others are still missing after they were swept away by flood waters in the municipality of Buenaventura on 19 March.

A storm on 16 March caused flooding and downed trees in several districts of Cali after 67mm of rain fell in a short period.

Two people died after heavy rain 10 to 11 March caused a landslide in Siloé district, Cali.

Flood and landslide damage in Siloé, Cali, Colombia, after heavy rain 22 March 2021. Photo: Government of Cali

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