United Nations agencies will give Colombia $6 million to aid victims of floods and landslides caused by heavy rainfall.
The devastation has killed nearly 260 people, driven hundreds of thousands from their homes and disrupted the lives of nearly 2 million, according to government figures cited by ReliefWeb's Alertnet. Crops and livestock have also been damaged. Last week the government declared a state of national emergency for 30 days.
“We are working hand in hand with the Government of Colombia and national humanitarian actors, the Colombian Red Cross and Pastoral Social, in order to reach the most affected communities which are in conditions of major vulnerability,” said Bruno Moro, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Colombia, in a prepared statement.
Getting close to $20 million would be a more realistic figure," Maria Jose Torres, the head of the U.N. Office for the Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs in Bogota, told AlertNet.
"Colombia is now competing with Haiti and Pakistan, so it's not easy to mobilize funds," she added, referring to aid needed in the two countries hit by an earthquake and floods respectively.
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