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Flood in Colombia

Saturday, 01 April 2017

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01 April 2017
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National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD) / Unidad Nacional para la Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres, IDEAM
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Description of the event

Heavy rain caused three rivers to burst their banks in Colombia on 1 April 2017. The flood waters swept into the city of Mocoa, bringing mud and debris surging through the streets and flattening entire neighbourhoods.

Mocoa is located in southern Colombia, in the Andes Mountains. The mountainous terrain makes landslides a common occurrence in this region, but the damage to Mocoa has been described as the worst the city has experienced on record. Much of the city is covered with mud, rocks and trees drawn along by the flood.

A state of emergency has been declared and search efforts are ongoing to find any survivors buried under the mud and debris. More than 200 people are still missing and over 500 were left homeless, but the Colombian President has announced a commitment to helping all of those affected by the disaster and to rebuild parts of the city which were destroyed.

Damage assessment of buildings in Mocoa

Source: Pleiades / GeoEye-1 / WorldView-1 and -2
Acquired: Pleiades: 07/04/2017 and 10/04/2017
GeoEye-1: 10/04/2017
WorldView-1: 26/12/2013
WorldView-2: 21/12/2016

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2017) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved
GeoEye-1, WorldView-1 and WorldView-2 © DigitalGlobe Inc.
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Areas potentially affected by the mudflow in Mocoa

Source: ResourceSat-2 / WorldView-2
Acquired: ResourceSat-2: 04/04/2017
WorldView-2: 21/12/2016

Copyright: ResourceSat-2 data and products © ISRO (2017) - All rights reserved
WorldView-3 © DigitalGlobe Inc.
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT

Estimated damage to buildings in Mocoa following the landslide

Source: OpenStreetMap & Humanitarian Mapping Unit and ground data from authorities
Acquired: 06/04/2017

Copyright: Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT