Floods in Bogotá, La Calera and Cundinamarca cause a motorcyclist to drown and road closures

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A heavy downpour has fallen on the eastern foothills this Saturday afternoon. Relief agencies are alert

Floods in Bogotá, La Calera and Cundinamarca cause a motorcyclist to drown and road closures

Landslide on the road to La Calera

The intense rains this Saturday, November 12, in Bogotá, La Calera and the department of Cundinamarca have caused landslides, floods, road closures and even the death of a person who was driving a motorcycle towards the municipality surrounding the capital. . According to the governor of Cundinamarca, Nicolás García, so far 68 municipalities in the department have been affected by the rains of recent days.

The road to the municipality of La Calera remains closed from Circunvalar avenue with 76th street, south-north direction. Meanwhile, from Teusacá there is a closure in both directions. Authorities are working to remove the water and sediment carried by the current. “Please don't take that route. We will keep it closed until we can secure, drain and evacuate for everyone's safety,” requested Mayor Claudia López.

“There is a landslide and total closure of the La Calera-Guasca road in km. 3, Teusaca sector. In km. 2+500 La Mazorca sector, overflow occurs and at km. 1 there is a fall of material and overflow️”, wrote the District Mobility Secretariat, while recommending the alternate route Autonorte-Briceño-Sopó.

The person who died on the road to La Calera was traveling on the Capilla sector (kilometre 5) in the middle of the water, when her vehicle gave way to the pressure of the water with her on board. The force of her current dragged her with her heavy motorcycle into the underside of a car, while the water level caused her to drown. Relief agencies had to salvage her body.

Although they could not save the life of this woman, the authorities reported that nine people were rescued from residences and vehicles trapped between the waters and the sediment.

“We ask the concession for immediate presence with machines and personnel to be able to re-establish the passage. All the relief agencies in the Cundinamarca department are already present, both on the road and in the municipality to be able to immediately attend to the victims,” ​​said the department's governor, Nicolás García.

According to the Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (Ideam), there is a red alert for landslides in the municipalities of Ricaurte, Cabrera, Pandi, Melgar, Arbeláez, Silvania, Cajicá, Zipaquirá, Tocancipá, Sopó , San Antonio del Tequendama, Tena, La Mesa, Anapoima, Apulo, Anolaima, Tocaima, Agua de Dios, Girardot, Villeta, Nimaima, San Francisco, Útica, La Vega, Caparrapí, Sasaima, Tobia, Guaduas, Pacho, Villagómez, Quebradanegra and Yacopí.

Meanwhile, in the north of Bogotá, the La Chorrera stream overflowed and the water began to occupy the seventh and ninth streets, between streets 106 and 113. For this reason, the mayoress of Bogotá, Claudia López, the Bogotá Aqueduct and the Institute District Risk Management and Climate Change (Idiger) have asked citizens not to travel on these roads and take alternative roads, such as the North Highway.

“EAAB studies the causes of the possible damming of the ravine due to the high level of sediment drag in the area. The teams are preparing to remove the sediment material dragged by the water current that affected the drainage of this sector of Usaquén,” said the Acueducto.

The Idiger warns that, already fallen At night, the rains are especially intense in the towns of Suba, Usaquén, San Cristóbal and La Candelaria. Therefore, it asks those who reside in those areas to drive with caution.