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Colombia: Heavy rain sparks flooding, mudslide concerns in western Colombia /update 1

Heavy rain in western Colombia causes mudslides, sparks flooding concerns in Antioquia, Cauca, and Chocó; transportation disruptions possible

06 Nov 11:38 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 11/5/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/21/2018, 11:59 PM (America/Bogota). COUNTRY/REGION Antioquia, Cauca, Chocó
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Event

Heavy rain in western Colombia has prompted concern over flooding and mudslides as of Tuesday, November 6. The departments of Antioquia, Cauca, and Chocó are particularly at risk, with continuous rain expected throughout the month. Authorities confirmed the deaths of two children in Cauca department on Friday, November 2, from a mudslide caused by heavy rainfall. Flooding and mudslides, along with associated transportation disruptions, are possible in the coming days and weeks.

Context

Flooding and landslides are common in Colombia during the rainy seasons, which typically occur in April-May and October-November. The flood risk is generally highest along rivers and the mudslide risk is highest in hilly or mountainous zones. Sustained heavy rains in Colombia have exceeded previous records for the month of October, resulting in over 1200 weather-related incidents nationwide affecting over 300,000 people.

Advice

Individuals present in Colombia are advised to monitor developments to the situation, confirm road conditions before traveling, and to adhere to any orders issued by the local authorities. Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.

 

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