There was heavy rainfall in Putumayo province
in southern Colombia. At least 293 people were
killed, many of them children. Hundreds more are
missing or injured.
President Juan Manuel Santos visited the worsthit city, Mocoa, and declared the area a disaster zone. The avalanche of water destroyed roads and bridges, knocked out power, and destroyed the area's fresh water network, creating dangerous and unsanitary conditions.
It is easy for Mocoa to flood because there are three rivers around the city. The danger has grown worse in recent years because of climate change, but the triggering event was rainfall of more than 130 millimeters that began on March 31 night. Colombian officials promised to help rebuild homes, and the attorney general started an investigation into whether local and national authorities did enough. People will be vaccinated to prevent disease from spreading.
豪雨席捲哥倫比亞南部的普圖馬約省，造成至 少293 人喪生，其中多數是小孩，另有數百人失 蹤或受傷。
總統桑托斯前往災情最嚴重的馬科阿市視察， 宣布當地是災區。傾瀉而下的大水沖毀了道路與 橋梁，造成電力中斷，供水網絡也被沖毀，增加 災區衛生的風險。
馬科阿被三條河流環繞，因此很容易淹水。近 年來因為氣候變遷，水患問題更是嚴重，而這次 水災肇因於3月31日晚間開始下的豪雨，累積雨 量超過130 毫米。哥國當局承諾會協助災民重建 家園；司法部長也著手調查，確定地方和中央官 員是否採取足夠的因應措施。為了防範爆發疫情 ，當局將為居民施打疫苗。