The Colombian weather service IDEAM has issued red alerts - the highest warning level - for various areas due to the risk of flooding and landslides amid heavy rains, notably along rivers. The alerts were issued on Monday, October 8, for the parts of the departments of Nariño, Chocó, Meta, Arauca, Magdalena, and Cesar. Lower orange alerts for flooding and/or landslides are in place in various other parts of the country.
Flooding and landslides are common in Colombia during the rainy seasons, which typically occur in October-November and April-May. Generally speaking, the flood risk is highest along rivers and the landslide risk is highest in hilly or mountainous zones, particularly in poorer areas lacking proper building code standards.
Individuals in the above departments are advised to avoid any areas directly impacted by flooding, monitor the situation, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities (e.g. potential evacuation orders).
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