Bogota river floods north of the capital

Flooding of the Bogota river is again causing emergency situations north of the capital, local aid agencies said Friday.

The chairman of the Cundinamarca department’s Disaster Attention and Prevention agency said the rising of the river has caused floods from the spring of the river in Villapinzón all the way down to Chia, a town only miles north of Bogota.

Also in the towns of Utica, Caparrapi and Guavila, to the northwest of the capital, floods are reported and hundreds of people had to be evacuated.

Torrential rains have caused major damage in Colombia since last year’s excessively long rainy season. According to authorities, the rainy seasons of 2010 and 2011 are the worst in recorded history.

Reported flood emergencies north of Colombia’s capital Bogota

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