The country is collapsing: new landslides affect the roads of Colombia

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Two new landslides in the Coffee Region that hinder mobility in that area of ​​the country were reported

The country is collapsing: new landslides affect the roads of Colombia

The National Highway Institute, Invías, reported new landslides on the roads of the Coffee Region. Photo: archive

The emergency continues due to the winter wave in the country. In the last few hours, the National Institute of Roads (Invías) reported new landslides that hinder mobility and thus put the economic development of the regions at risk. Everything, in the midst of the crisis caused by the collapse of the Pan-American Highway in Rosas, Cauca.

The country is collapsing: new landslides affect the roads of Colombia

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The first was recorded on the morning of January 15 at kilometer 10 of the road that connects Manizales with Neira, in Caldas, where there are no alternate routes. The second was recorded in the afternoon of the same day, at kilometer 17 of the road between Santa Cecilia and Asia, Risaralda, which did not leave any alternate route either.

In addition to this problem in the coffee region, in the south of Nariño there were landslides on the night of Friday, January 13, specifically at kilometers 21 and 23 of the Pan-American highway, at the height of Chachagüí , which left that municipality cut off from Pasto and therefore the only access route from the capital of Nariño to the airport.

The country is collapsing: new landslides affect the roads of Colombia

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As a consequence, mobility injuries were reported on the morning of January 14. The highway was completely closed for more than 10 hours, and some people chose to cross the landslide on foot and take vehicles that took them to the airport on the other side.

The heavy rains also caused that around 2,000 passengers would be dammed up for around 20 hours at the Antonio Nariño airport, which serves Pasto and the entire department, since several flights had to be cancelled.

< p>The country is collapsing: new landslides affect the roads of Colombia

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Despite the fact that in recent days there had been warm weather and clear skies in some regions of the country, The Ideam warned that the truce given by the winter will stop, for which reason it maintains the red alert in 17 departments.

In this way, the municipalities of Antioquia, Boyacá, Caldas, Cauca, Cesar, Chocó, Cundinamarca, Huila, Meta, Nariño, Norte de Santander, Putumayo, Quindío, Risaralda, Santander, Tolima and Valle del Cauca must remain vigilant for the resumption of the winter wave.

“The rainy conditions that have occurred in the first days of the year and we have had very punctual days with intense rainfall that caused the denotation of the threat of landslides land, especially in the Pacific and Andean regions,” reported the press officer of the Ideam Forecast Office, Luis Alfonso López on the Blu Radio station.< /p>

“We have had very rainy conditions; the department of Cauca is one of the most affected in these precipitations and the forecast indicates that we will have rains in almost the entire region (…) There will be relatively dry conditions in the Caribbean and Orinoquía”, added the civil servant.

López also indicated that there are municipalities that will be most affected, for which reason he asks to take into account the conditions of the roads and homes, among other aspects, to avoid accidents.

“It is suggests, to the extent possible, that people move away from those areas because they are at risk of landslides. This weekend we will have a probability of precipitation in this region. In addition, take into account the recommendations of the mayors' offices and the entities in charge of risk management, ”he said.

Meanwhile, the Pan-American highway, near Rosas, Cauca, remains closed, so the national government has had to look for alternatives to supply the city of Pasto, which remains almost cut off from the rest of the country.

For this reason, the Ministry of Transport and Public Works of Ecuador (MTOP) announced in a statement that it had reached an agreement with the Colombian authorities to allow the transport of heavy cargo through Ecuadorian highways.

The agreement establishes that trucks and tractor-trailers that weigh less than 20 tons without load can transit through the short route, that is, the section between Julio Andrade and La Bonita. In the case of vehicles of more than 20 tons, they must take the long way, that is, the route San Miguel – El Coca – Baeza – Pifo – Quito – Otavalo – Ibarra – Julio Andrade. This route takes more than 20 hours, so rest points were also established.

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