The director of the Socorro Nacional de la Cruz Roja (Red Cross), Cesar Urueña, said first 15 days of heavy rains in Colombia have left one person dead, six wounded and some 50,000 people displaced from their homes.
Urueña explained that the rains between March 3 and March 19 affected eight departments (provinces), 15 municipalities, 665 houses destroyed and another 722 damaged.
“We call out to the Colombians to say to them that we have to prepare [for] the rains by monitoring the levels of the rivers and facilitate the evacuation of people from areas with high risk of disaster.
So far, the western Choco department has been the most affected by Colombia’s annual rainy season, which began in early March.
According to reports, between three and four of the department’s water aqueducts have been damaged due to the rains.