Columbian Landslide

More than 250 people are dead and hundreds are still  missing after heavy rainfall triggered lethal mudslides and flooding in Colombia’s Putumayo province.

The survivors include 330 people who have been injured, 19 of whom remain in hospital.

A month’s worth of rain fell down in only a single night and created deadly flash floods in Mocoa. Houses and homes were completely destroyed and cars were  lost and swam down the floods, away from their owners.

Three of the six rivers surrounding the small town burst their banks, leaving muddy water and tree limbs racing through the streets.

People are wondering why such a disaster occurred and why had Columbia’s Putumayo province not been better prepared. People are starting to question the government on this matter. Blaming them for having allowed them to build homes on areas that were at high risk.

In some parts of Columbia people are more aware of the risks for living in the area, but Marcela Quintero, a researcher with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture said: ‘Unfortunately, in Columbia said “We don’t have a good assessment of risk, or good land-use policies to prohibit people from settling in areas like these.”

These said risks were multiplied as trees were cut down for cattle ranching and other agricultural purposes, removing critical protection against flooding and landslides.

The flooding is one of the worst natural disasters in Colombia. President Juan Manuel Santos has said that he will rebuild Mocoa and make it better than it was before.

 

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/gallery/2017/apr/06/colombia-landslide-grief-turns-to-anger-as-mocoa-mourns-in-pictures

One thought on “Columbian Landslide

  1. While I definitely think that the town should have been more prepared for a potential flood, an entire month’s worth of rain fell over the span of 8 or so hours. The citizens and probably the government was not aware of just how much rain was going to fall, even if there was weather radar information. Also, there is only so much that can be done when that much rain falls at once, you can only prevent so much flooding.

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