Three people have died in recent floods in Meta, Colombia, while the Civil Defense has reported floods and landslides in 7 departments across the country in the past 2 weeks.
The floods have affected the municipalities of El Dorado, Mapiripan, Villavicencio and Acacias in the Meta department since 10 August 2021. The Civil Defense reported that 3 people were killed by flooding in Akasias, and about 80 people were injured in Mapiripan.
Over the past 2 weeks, floods and landslides have occurred in 7 departments of the country, affecting about 5,000 people.
Floods and landslides occurred in the municipality of Pereira in the Risaralda department on July 30, 2021. Two deaths were reported. Roads, water infrastructure and residential buildings were damaged.
Also on July 30, in the municipality of Briceño, department of Antioquia, houses were destroyed by flooding after the rivers overflowed their banks. According to representatives of the department's emergency services, 26 houses collapsed, dozens of people were injured. Many were relocated to safer locations in nearby public buildings.
On 03 August, flooding affected 2,277 people in the municipality of Sucre, located in the department of Sucre in northern Colombia. Also in the north of the country on 08 August 945 people were injured and 189 houses were damaged by flooding in the municipality of Sabanalarga in the Atlantico department.
In the west of the Choco department on August 6, in the municipality of Sertegui, 95 houses were damaged by floods, 440 people were injured.
Further east, 1 person was injured and 30 were injured in a landslide in Ocaña, Norte de Santander department, on 10 August. Floods in the neighboring department of Boyaca on 13 August affected 440 people in Chikinkira.