Severe flooding hit Nariño Department, leaving significant damage to properties and crops, Colombia


At least 32 areas of Barbacoas Municipality in the Nariño Department, Colombia were inundated after a period of heavy rain from April 21, 2021, caused the Telembi River to overflow, leaving around 1 700 families or 4 800 inhabitants affected.

According to the preliminary report provided by Celso Efren Cabezas, the Disaster Risk Management Coordinator for Barbacoas, flooding from the river caused 'great damage' to homes and blocked the roads. 

"These floods are recurring in the municipality of Barbacoas," he said, recalling similar situations of flooding around the same time of the year on April 25, 2020, and April 21, 2019.

At least 32 areas were totally flooded, with serious damage to agricultural crops reported.

"We have [deployed] the infrastructure and public services commissions to carry out the damage and loss assessment," Cabezas said. 

Heavy rain and flooding also hit the central and northern areas of the country. On April 23, at least one house was destroyed while 200 people were affected due to severe weather. 

In Norte de Santander, at least 26 families were affected after downpours caused flash flooding on April 27.

Featured image credit: Municipality of Barbacoas-Nariño


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