Colombia – Over 5,000 Families Hit by Floods in Magdalena After Rivers Overflow

Severe flooding has affected parts of Magdalena Department in northern Colombia since early July 2021.

According to the government of Magdalena Department, the Seville and Frío rivers overflowed on 03 July 2021, flooding the communities of Guacamayal, Sevilla, Gran Vía and Orihueca in the municipality of Zona Bananera.

As of 07 July, as many as 5,576 families were affected. The Governor of Magdalena, Carlos Caicedo, said humanitarian aid including drinking water, food, and medical supplies has been distributed to 2,000 residents of nine neighbourhoods. The departmental government is also working on shoring up river embankments to prevent further flooding.

Building up flood defences along rivers in Magdalena Department, Colombia, July 2021. Photo: Government of Magdalena