More than 2.1 million people are thought to have been affected by heavy flooding in Colombia which has destroyed close to 3,000 houses and caused damage to agricultural land, infrastructure and highways. 28 of the 32 departments in the country are currently under water, prompting the Government to declare the situation a 'National Calamity.'
Oxfam assessments show that in Córdoba, Sucre, Boliviar and Chocó, 70% of the flood-affected population do not have access to safe water, adequate sanitation and washing facilities and have lost personal belongings and household items.
Oxfam is there
Oxfam has already launched a response to the floods in La Mojana, in the north of Colombia, by providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene support to 1,563 families, or around 7,900 people, in Majagual and Achi municipalities.
In total, we've provided emergency support to over 43,600 people. Our current plans are to provide emergency support to around 200,000 people. This has included the provision of clean water, the construction of latrines, hygiene kit distributions and longer-term livelihoods support.
Please donate now – these Oxfam affiliates are running direct appeals for the floods in Colombia:
Otherwise please consider making a donation to the general emergency fund of Oxfam affiliates. Your money will be used to fund our emergency work worldwide.
Updated 5 April 2011