According to the president, the winter wave has left nearly 300 dead, more than 700,000 people affected and thousands of homes and educational institutions damaged
The president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, in the municipality of Piojó in the department of Atlántico. (Colombian Presidency)
The winter wave does not let up in the national territory and the President of the Republic, Gustavo Petro, has been touring the different affected areas of the country to visit and see the floods and effects caused by the La Niña phenomenon.
This Friday, the Head of State traveled to Piojó, Atlántico, one of the areas most affected by the winter wave. In his speech, the president spoke about the proposals that his government has in this region of the country.
“Only in the reconstruction of schools, the education points that have been affected will cost 3 billion, without taking into account that the programs to fight hunger will have to be sustained,” said the president.
And at this point, Gustavo Petro pointed out that the 2.1 trillion pesos that were collected from the national budget could last until the end of the year, if they are prioritized and used for food aid and relocation from places that are flooded.
In previous days, the National Government had detailed that these resources would be used as follows: 46.58% in the 'Zero hunger and emergency employment' hotline, 26.55% would go to the 'Response to road emergencies' , 25.90% to 'General response services', and 0.97% to 'Agro-inputs and food production'.
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The president visited the territories together with the director of the Administrative Department of the Presidency of the Republic (Dapre), Mauricio Lizcano; the director of the National Risk Management Unit (Ungrd), Javier Pava and the chief of staff, Laura Sarabia.
According to the president, the winter wave has left close to 300 dead and more than 700,000 people affected and thousands of homes and educational institutions damaged.
During his tour of the municipality of Piojó, the president indicated that a new lot must continue to be evaluated to relocate the more than 146 affected families, since the one observed during the tour this Friday did not seemed appropriate to him.
Another of the statements made by Gustavo Petro referred to the health emergency in the municipality due to the conditions in which the municipal cemetery was left, “it must be think about relocating it, like the 86 families whose homes collapsed,” he said.
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For his part, the director of the Ungrd pointed out that:
“You have to consider moving the cemetery, sad and unfortunate, but it must be done because we cannot let it end up going from a public calamity to a health emergency. On the other hand, in the housing census, there are 86 homes that have to be relocated, but there were 146 families in them and the idea is that they are the ones that launch the resettlement program,” said Javier Pava.
The National Unit for Disaster Risk Management reported that, as of Thursday, November 17, the departments of Cundinamarca, Norte de Santander, Bolívar, Antioquia, Santander, Huila , Cauca, Valle del Cauca and Nariño, have been the most affected due to the rainy season.