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Severe weather leaves 45 people dead, more than 2 000 homes damaged in Colombia

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As many as 45 people have died while more than 2 000 homes have been damaged as a result of severe weather in Colombia since March 1, 2021, according to a statement by the country's National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD) on Tuesday, March 23. Recently, heavy rains have caused major flooding in the municipality of Dabeiba in Antioquia on Monday, March 22.

A total of 318 severe weather events were reported in 193 municipalities and 20 departments, leaving around 451 families affected, UNGRD said.

At least 45 people have died while three others were missing. About 23 people were also injured. As many as 2 382 homes have been damaged, while 30 houses were destroyed.

The disaster risk management added that there were 175 landslides and 89 floods, including flash floods, during this period, as well as storms, hail, and strong winds.

The highest number of recorded severe weather events have been Cundinamarca with 35, Huila 29, Narino 24, Valle del Cauca 23, and Antioquia 21.

In Antioquia, heavy downpours triggered severe flooding in Dabeiba Municipality on Monday. 

The Dabeibba Municipal Risk Council reported damage to at least 10 vehicles, markets, and businesses, while about 50 families have been affected. There were no injuries, according to preliminary reports

Featured image credit: Dagran Antioquia

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