Colombia – Deadly Landslide in Quindío Department

At least 3 people have died and several are still missing after heavy rain trigged a landslide in Quindío department, western Colombia.

The landslide occurred at the educational institution San Rafael in Calarcá, Quindío, early on 01 December, 2018.

Colombia’s National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD) said that search operations are ongoing. It is believed that 2 children are still missing in the landslide.

UNGRD said that heavy rain has continued to fall in the region over the last few days and teams have attended numerous emergencies caused by landslides across Quindío. UNGRD said that as many as 50 landslides have been reported throughout the department, mainly in the municipalities of Génova, Buenavista, Córdoba, Pijao, Salento, Calarcá and Circasia.

Landslide in Calarcá, Quindío, Colombia, 01 December, 2018. Photo: UNGRD
Landslide in Calarcá, Quindío, Colombia, 01 December, 2018. Photo: UNGRD
Landslide in Calarcá, Quindío, Colombia, 01 December, 2018. Photo: UNGRD

Antioquia

Meanwhile heavy rain since 26 November has affected several towns Antioquia department,

Severe flooding has affected Belen de Bajira Municipality, close to the border with Chocó department, after local rivers overflowed.

Flooding also affected over 200 families in Bello and Copacabana, just to the north of Medellín, where the Medellin river broke its banks.

Further west, landslides in El Peñol, Guatape Municipality in Antioquia affected nearly 100 families.

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Flood Summary

Last updated: January 15, 2019
Event
Quindío and Antioquia Departments, Colombia, November and December 2018
Date
November 26 to December 4, 2018
Type
Flash flood, Landslide
Cause
Extreme rainfall, Long-term rainfall
Heavy rain from around 26 November caused flooding in several parts of Antioquia Department, including Belen de Bajira Municipality, and Bello and Copacabana (close to Medellín) where 200 families were affected. Landslides were also reported in El Peñol, Guatape Municipality in Antioquia which affected nearly 100 families. Further heavy rain caused a landslide in Calarcá, Quindío, early on 01 December, 2018. UNGRD said as many as 50 landslides were reported throughout the department, mainly in the municipalities of Génova, Buenavista, Córdoba, Pijao, Salento, Calarcá and Circasia.

Locations

A - Calarcá, Quindío (Colombia)
B - Pereira/Matecana - Rainfall level 60.1 mm in 24 hours
C - Barrancabermeja/Yariguies - Rainfall level 52 mm in 24 hours
D - Cartagena/Rafael Nunez - Rainfall level 61 mm in 24 hours

Magnitude

Rainfall level
60.1 mm in 24 hours
Pereira/Matecana - November 25 to November 26, 2018
Rainfall level
52 mm in 24 hours
Barrancabermeja/Yariguies - November 26 to November 27, 2018
Rainfall level
61 mm in 24 hours
Cartagena/Rafael Nunez - November 27 to November 28, 2018

Damages

Fatalities
3 people
Calarcá, Quindío Department - December 1 to December 4, 2018
Several people remained missing as of 03 December.
Affected
1,500
Antioquia Department - November 26 to December 3, 2018
Affected areas include: Belen de Bajira Municipality, Bello and Copacabana (close to Medellín) and Guatape Municipality