Emergency in La Calera: while the search for the missing person progresses, Claudia López announces that the road will remain closed

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The mayoress of Bogotá highlighted that drones verify that there are no water dams in the upper part of the mountain, which minimizes any possible additional risk, during emergency activities

Emergency in La Calera: while the search for the missing person progresses, Claudia López announces that the road will continue to be closed

Irrigation control bodies and district entities continue to use emergency work on the Calera road. Photo via: bogota.gov.co

From the early hours of Monday, November 14, 2022, the mayoress of Bogotá, Claudia López, reinstalled the Unified Command Post (PMU), at 6:30 a.m., at Km 6 via La Calera, pto continue with the work of the winter emergency that arose as a consequence of the heavy rainfall that hit both Bogotá and Cundinamarca.

“The morning will be clear and last night it did not rain, which makes work easier. The district and departmental teams are deployed in 5 working groups. We are going to the Arboretto sector, we will be monitoring actions and providing accompaniment”, highlighted the mayoress during the first tasks in the morning hours.

It should be remembered that since yesterday and in the face of the emergency presented where more than 46 families have been affected, the district had 3 shelters in La Sureña, San Luis and San Isidro, where the District Institute for Risk Management and Climate Change, the Social Integration Secretariat and the District Government Secretary have been delivering 280 servings of hot food, drinking water, blankets, blankets and cleaning kits.

< p class="paragraph">Likewise, the mayoress of Bogota maintained that in dialogue with these families affected by this climate emergency, none of them stayed overnight in these care spaces.

“We have already started the PMU on the road to La Calera, the affected families spent a quiet night and received hygiene kits, hot food and night kits in the 3 shelters in La Sureña, San Luis and San Isidro. There was permanent monitoring and no incidents were recorded”, reported López.

Report of the 2nd Prevention and Emergency Management Unit, La Calera

Regarding of the disappeared person, López added that more than 200 specialized people mainly carry out the task of moving forward with the search, thanks to the rescue teams of the city's Fire Department, the Colombian Civil Defense and Ponalsar (Unit for Special Operations in Emergencies and Disasters of the National Police).

“ Yesterday we had about 30 to 40 people in the rescue teams, today we have 200 people in the rescue teams. They have been searching since yesterday and I personally have been talking with the daughter, with the wife,” added López regarding the search for Javier Velilla, the guard at the Arboretto condominium.

Starting at 7:30am with 200 people from the community and the 4 best rescue teams from the Police, Army, Fire Department and Civil Defense we are working to locate Mr. Velilla.

Given a possibility of reopening the vehicular passage Through this road, which connects the country's capital with the neighboring municipality of La Calera, the mayoress has made it clear that this area will be closed until further notice, and she also emphasized that it is only enabled the passage of machinery and dump trucksThis is due to the fact that this road infrastructure still has debris, flooding, mud, among other materials that can generate some type of collision to whoever passes through this place.

“We have no report of when could it be opened, because we still have a lot of trees to move and material to remove. We cannot let people pass, ”he stressed.

On the other hand, the mayor added that drones verify that there are no water dams in the upper part of the mountain, which minimizes any possible additional risk, during emergency activities. 2,626 people work in 5 specific areas: from Calle 85 to the Calera tollbooth.3.

Regarding the issue of the possible collection of tolls for the dump trucks that are entering and leaving the affected sector, with the load of debris among other materials, López highlighted that “They have already lifted the toll collection from us”.