The head of the Public Ministry, Margarita Cabello, together with the governor and the 24 mayors of Atlántico, made an urgent appeal to the national government for the winter wave that affects the department
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Up to now, the UNGRD assured that there have been 2,707 events in 32 departments and 776 municipalities where 205 deaths, 281 injuries, and 53 missing have been reported
The National Unit for the Management of Disaster Risk (UNGRD) gave an assessment of the events that have unleashed, so far, the winter wave and the rainy season so far this year.
So far, the UNGRD assured that there have been 3,794 emergency events in 32 departments and 881 municipalities with a total of 268 deaths, 61 disappearances and 721,755 affected people that make up 217,380 families.
To address this situation, the Attorney General of the Nation, Margarita Cabello Blanco, met with the governor of Atlántico, Elsa Noguera, the mayor of Barranquilla, Jaime Pumarejo, and the leaders of the 23 municipalities that make up the department, to evaluate the affectations generated by the winter emergency and assume new commitments that allow it to be dealt with effectively, thus avoiding greater material and human losses.
Specifically, the head of the Public Prosecutor's Office expressed her concern about the environmental risk that the El Guájaro reservoir represents for the region, whose greatest effects have occurred in the municipality of Piojó.
“Faced with floods, the diagnosis is clear, especially in the case of the municipalities in the south of the department, it is necessary to update the schemes and territorial planning plans to improve articulation and measures for correct risk management of disasters”, affirmed the attorney.
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One of Cabello Blanco's proposals to deal with the winter wave is that local leaders define an effective work plan to organize actions and allocate the necessary resources so that, “in 2023 we can continue investing in infrastructure improvements and care for families affected by this winter crisis,” the official pointed out.
Additionally, she explained that the management against the winter wavel “has not been efficient and effective enough to solve it. The objective here is for us to discuss the resources that must be prioritized in 2023 to attend to it punctually and with certainty, make a work strategy and accompany them as the Attorney General's Office to start it up by 2023,” Cabello noted.
In the same sense, the attorney raised the need to open clear and direct communication channels between the UNGRD, the departments, municipalities and affected communities to achieve a greater capacity for decision and asked to be summoned to the National Committees for Disaster Risk Management (CNGRD), the PMUs and all the events concerned to ensure the population affected by the winter emergency.
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In the same space, the head of the Public Ministry took advantage of the meeting to call on the National Unit for Disaster Risk Management to “deliver the report on the measures adopted for the attention of emergencies caused by the winter wave”.
“Since last week we have been requesting this information, especially from the departments of Antioquia, Bolívar, Caldas, Caquetá, Atlántico, La Guajira, Norte de Santander, San Andrés and Sucre, where complaints from territorial entities have been received with concern regarding alleged irregularities in the management of aid and the lack of timely care for those affected by the rains, ” warned the head of the Public Ministry.