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The rains in Colombia will continue until the end of the year

On Sunday, September 4, the Supía River in Caldas overflowed its banks, leaving one fatality and more than 300 families affected.

Photo: National Risk Management Unit

With the purpose of explaining some preventive measures against the second rainy season in Colombia, due to the incidence of the La Niña phenomenon, the director of IDEAM, Yolanda González, the Minister of the Environment, Susana Muhamad, and Javier Pava, director of the Unit National Program for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD), held a press conference. According to the entity, the rains in the country would last until the end of the year and will be recorded mainly from the afternoon until dawn. (Read: They will declare a public calamity in Antioquia for the second rainy season)

Yolanda González, director of IDEAM, pointed out that the probability that the La Niña phenomenon will continue to be present in Colombian territory is 80% because the Pacific waters continue to be quite cold, with the probability that they will continue and that the Andean region and the Caribbean are the areas most likely to have significant rainfall events.

“We have to be careful on sunny days. Up to four or five days may occur, but there will be rains,” González warned, adding that “several of our rivers are at significant levels above historical levels for the time.”

Susana Muhamad, Minister of the Environment, for her part, pointed out that the monitoring and follow-up of the second rainy season this year is maintained and that “from the second half of September, the phenomenon of La Niña begins with more force. We will have rains 30% above normal in Guajira, Magdalena, Cesar, the Andean region and Amazonia, “said Muhamad.

Given the increase in rains due to the phenomenon of La Niña, González gave a piece of calm by saying that, at the moment, there is no hurricane alert registered in the national territory. However, he pointed out that all preventive measures must continue to be taken into account.

For these preventive measures, Javier Pava, director of the National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD), clarified that next Monday, September 12, there will be a balance of the action plan that will be implemented in this rainy season. (You can read: Danielle, the new tropical storm in the Atlantic, has already formed)

Pava assured that so far “in about 454 municipalities, more than 964 events have been registered, such as floods, landslides, torrential floods, leaving at least 83 fatalities. Our efforts are focused so that these figures do not grow”.

Recently, 131 municipalities have been declared a public calamity and, Pava pointed out, there is a “projection that these municipalities will triple.” In addition, 10 departments have declared a public calamity.

La Mojana, for example, has already been in this situation for a year, a panorama that is going to continue for a longer time. “This calls for decisions far beyond what has been taking place. Being in the area, announcing specific additional measures of the 11 municipalities and taking a tour to see if we can finish the works in Care Gato, where the dam broke, or we have to find another solution, ”he added. (Also read: Due to climate change, the La Niña phenomenon could last until 2023)

In Supía (Caldas), where the river overflowed on Sunday, September 4, a Unified Command Post (PMU) will continue to be installed to serve the more than 300 affected families. “This is the third time that a torrential avenue has occurred so far this year. There are families that have been affected three times, we cannot expect there to be a fourth,” the official warned.

Among the main causes of these disasters is environmental deterioration and mining activity that generates large amounts of sediment and ends up in the Supía Valley. The minister concluded by recommending to mayors and governors “the detection of extreme events that may occur in some regions. With the directors of the Autonomous Corporations we have been making a prospective analysis of the water situation in the country”. (You may be interested in: Three deaths and nearly 3,000 victims leave the rains in Supía, Caldas)

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Source: Elespectador

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