Agenzia Fides REPORT- 46 deaths is the toll due to the rains affecting Colombia, where there are 113,602 homeless, according to the report of the National Unit for the Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD). From the data collected by Fides, and according to the report of this Unit of government, the rainfall affecting the country since mid-March, have caused enormous calamity and disasters in 417 municipalities of 28 of the 32 departments that make up Colombia. There are 483 homes destroyed, while 18,096 others are declared unfit for damages. Furthermore, relief agencies reported 10 missing.
Moreover not all roads are accessible: there are 381 roads damaged, which further hinders rescue. Two weeks ago the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, had promulgated the Law of Disaster Risk Management, an initiative that aims to enable the State to respond and prevent similar tragedies.
There are areas like Montería and Sincelejo where the water has reached a height of five feet, and has entered homes and has destroyed everything. In addition to the danger created by the crumbling of the walls of houses and various buildings, now soaked with water, the population must also beware of the danger of snake bites, as happened yesterday to two members of the National Police engaged in rescue, because the water carries reptiles in areas where one does not imagine them to be. (CE) (Agenzia Fides 08/05/2012)