2010 Colombia Floods

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Affected City/Cities Magangué
Affected State/States Atlántico Department, Bolívar Department, Córdoba Department, Magdalena Department, Sucre Department
Affected Country/Countries Colombia
Type Flooding and tsunami
Start date 2010/11/15
Twitter hashtags colombiahumanitaria, SOSColombia
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Glide Number FL-2010-000243-COL
The weather phenomenon La Niña has had an enormous effect across Colombia since its development by mid year of 2010. Since March, it has brought rains above historical records, causing landslides, flash floods, breakage of barriers, and therefore ongoing floods in 28 departments and 561 municipalities around the country. Thus far, there are some 257,849 affected families (1,211,146 persons), 208 injured, 139 deaths, 23 missing people, and 204,794 damaged homes. The more impacted departments are Bolívar Department, with 264,000 affected people, followed by Magdalena Department with 161,000, Córdoba Department with 151,000 and Sucre Department with 107,000. Unfortunately, the Colombian Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies forecasts that La Niña phenomenon and its strong rains will continue until the first trimester of 2011. This could mean the overlapping of the rainy seasons of 2010 with the first rainy season of 2011 (March-April-May). On 18 November, the Minister of Justice, German Vargas Lleras, declared a state of public calamity in 28 of the 32 Departments of the country. The government hopes to facilitate the gathering of additional resources, as the country's capabilities have been overloaded. This declaration also fastens the processes to receive international aid and supports subjects such as housing and agriculture.

Updates

18-Jan-2011 Areas affected
"Magangué (Bolívar) was one key area that has been flooded, although the entire Mompox Depression, La Mojana subregion and southern Atlántico Department (where the canal broke in several places) all continue to be severely affected. Several regions far removed from Magangué: in Norte de Santander, Valle del Cauca, Chocó and Santander, have also been affected, although in higher altitudes landslides and flash flooding are more typical affectation than standing water, as is the case in the former AOI." Correspondence with CrisisMappers from Jeffrey Villaveces, OCHA, Colombia
13-Dec-2010 Rains bring flooding chaos to Colombia
Tearfund A Tearfund partner in Colombia is working with local churches to help people caught up in calamitous flooding that has affected large areas.
8-Dec-2010 ReleifWeb/Colombian Red Cross Colombia - floods affect more than 1.5 million people
The intense rains that have affected Colombia in recent monts have caused the overflow of creeks and rivers in 28 of the 32 departments in the country, leaving more than one and a half million people without homes, 195 confirmed deaths, 241 injured and more than 100 people reported are still reported as missing.
6-Dec-2010 ReliefWeb/UNITAR Floods in Colombia affect 2 million people – UNITAR mobilises UNOSAT mapping
"Heavy rains in Colombia have affected close to 2 million persons", the country's president Juan Manuel Santos said on Sunday after inspecting floods in the northern Atlántico Department.
1-Dec-2010
According to the local authorities, led by the Sistema Nacional de Prevención y Atención de Desastres de Colombia, SNPAD, the rainy season has left to date 1.477.255 affected persons (between April 6th and Nov 25). In addition, there are 162 dead, 223 injured and 19 missing. A total of 1.796 homes have been destroyed and another 254.450 damaged. Of the 1,102 municipalities in Colombia, 599 are affected (in 28 departments plus the District Capital of Bogotá). (via message to CrisisMappers list)

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