Nearly 65,000 people have been affected by flooding ongoing in the northern department of La Guajira since the beginning of October (as of October 13). The worst-hit municipalities have been Riohacha, Fonseca, Albania, and Uribia, where many rural areas have been cut off due to flooded roads.
Flooding and landslides are common in Colombia during the rainy seasons, which typically occur in October-November and April-May; this year’s rainy season began slightly ahead of schedule in late September. 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 Colombia are advised to avoid areas directly hit by flooding, follow local weather reports and weather alerts issued by the national weather service IDEAM, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities (e.g. potential evacuation orders).