Posted by: Paula Delgado-Kling | November 23, 2010

Help to Flood Victims

La Niña phenomenon has killed at least 136 people, injured 205, and left 20 missing in Colombia. The heavy rains and flooding throughout the country has disrupted the lives of about 1.3 million people in more than half of Colombia’s municipalities.

Bogotá—where 3,000 people, most of who who lived in huts, have been affected— received more rain in one day in November than it usually gets during the whole month.  The gushing waters and landslides have destroyed more than 200,000 homes and forced residents to seek shelter on rooftops. It has also damaged crops and roads, and hurt livestock.

See photos here.

Meteorologists are predicting more rains with heavier downpours, and the Santos government has called on the international community for help.

There’s the potential threat of water-borne illnesses, specially in a country with a large population of internal refugees.

Ways to help:

Doctors Without Borders

International Committee of the Red Cross

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