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Landslides In Choco Province Of Colombia Kill 37 People

According to authorities from the Prosecutor's Office, landslides in Choco province, Colombia kill 37 people. Nineteen others have been reported injured, and rescue operations are currently underway.

Hilda Workman
Jan 15, 20244735 Shares94691 Views
According to authorities from the Prosecutor's Office, landslides in Choco province of Colombia kill 37 people. Nineteen others have been reported injured, and rescue operations are currently underway.
Landslides have closed the road connecting Medellín and Quibdo, forcing people to leave their cars and shelter in houses.
We are experiencing a very sad weekend for Chocó. Our people feel the pain of the victims. I will not rest until I make sure that all Chocoans have information about their relatives.- Governor Nubia Carolina Córdoba Curi

Sequence Of Events

Landslides had initially closed the road connecting the cities of Medellín and Quibdo, prompting people to leave their cars and seek refuge in a house, according to official statements. Unfortunately, another landslide occurred, burying them and several vehicles.
Approximately 60 people sought shelter near a junction, primarily women and young children. An anonymous survivor shared the heartbreaking account of offering sausage and fried plantains to those seeking refuge from heavy rain. However, within seconds, the landslide swept over the house and adjacent cars.
Colombian President Gustavo Preto has pledged "all help available" to the Choco region. The landslide took place near the community of Carmen de Atrato.
Vice President Francia Márquez Mina reported the deployment of relief agencies, local authorities, police, and the army to support ongoing search and rescue efforts.
Colombia’s National Unit for Disaster Risk Management, Colombian Civil Defense, the National Army, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection and the Choco police department have been mobilized to respond to the incident.- Vice President Francia Márquez Mina

The Aftermath Of Landslides

The tragedy has reverberated throughout the nation, eliciting shock and condolences from the public. Blanket media coverage and social media expressions of sympathy underscore the magnitude of the disaster.
Situated in Choco province, bordering the Pacific Ocean, the affected area is heavily forested and experienced significant rainfall on Friday and Saturday. The local mayor reported that some people remain trapped under debris.
While Colombia is currently facing a period of drought, the country's Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology, and Environmental Studies has previously warned about the dangers posed by heavy rains in areas bordering the Pacific and the Amazon rainforest.
People observe the area where of a landslide in the road between Quibdo and Medellin, Choco department, Colombia on January 13, 2024.
People observe the area where of a landslide in the road between Quibdo and Medellin, Choco department, Colombia on January 13, 2024.

Past Incidents And Current Mobilization

Mudslides have caused fatalities in Colombia in the past. A mudslide that swept through the city of Mocoa in 2017 caused the deaths of hundreds of people in a remote southern region of the nation. Heavy rains were to blame for the flooding.
Authorities and disaster response units, including Colombia’s National Unit for Disaster Risk Management, Colombian Civil Defense, the National Army, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection, and the Choco police department, are mobilized to address the aftermath of the landslides in Choco province.
As the nation grapples with the impact of this natural disaster, the focus remains on search and rescue operations and extending support to the affected communities.
The resilience of the Colombian people and the coordinated response efforts will be critical in the days ahead.

Final Words

The landslide incident in Colombia's Choco province highlights the ongoing environmental challenges in the region, and the collective response from authorities and relief agencies demonstrates the resilience of the Colombian people.
The aftermath serves as a reminder of the need for continued vigilance and preparedness in the face of such calamities.
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