Colombia’s second rainy season caused the deaths of 96 persons so far, according to a report from the Direction for Risk Management (DGR) released Tuesday.
The DGR, a subdivision of the Interior Ministry, stated that 328 out of Colombia’s 1,102 municipalities were affected by the rains that started in September.
Out of Colombia’s 32 departments, 28 have suffered damages from this year’s rainy season, leading Colombia’s Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (Ideam) to declare a “yellow alert” in 7 regions on November 11.
The DGR stated there were “red alerts” in the Magdalena river basin, and in the higher parts of the Bogota and Cauca rivers. In addition, it warned against the “moderate threat” of landslides in the Tolima, Choco, and Nariño departments.
According to the reports, the rainy season has affected 319,527 Colombians, damaged 55,064 houses and destroyed 433. In addition, 7 people are still missing.
Between April 2010 and April 2011, Colombia endured its most severe rainy season, killing as many as 440 and affecting the lives of 3.6 million Colombians.