At least 50 people have died and 258,000 people have been affected by heavy rain in 27 of Colombia’s 32 departments this year, as the rainy season continues to devastate the country, according to the Interior and Justice Ministry, reports CM&.
The departments most affected are Atlantico, Magdalena, Valle del Cauca and Nariño, with 120,000 people suffering from the weather, while Bogota and Cundinamarca recorded about 12,000, according to Interior Minister Fabio Valencia.
Floods, windstorms and landslides have been responsible for over 50 deaths, leaving 119 people injured and eight missing.
Valencia said that the government allocated COP15 billion ($7,800,000) to deal with the harsh weather, which has also destroyed 357 homes.
The minister also called on local authorities to ensure appropriate contingency plans were in place, as well as informing communities of the danger.