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Floods spark red alerts in Colombia

Monday, May 15, 2017

Exceptionally heavy rains have forced one third of Colombia’s governors to declare either an orange or red alert as cities are flooding and increased rain is expected.

This year’s first rainy season coincides with La Niña, a recurring Pacific weather phenomenon that causes increased rainfall in Colombia and neighboring South American countries.

In April, hundreds of people died in the cities of Mocoa and Manizales and left the cities devastated after the rains caused the fatal floods, avalanches and mudslides. Since then, the rains have continued to fall.

Source: Colombia Reports