From Egypt, the Colombian leader referred to the Government's efforts to deal with the emergency that has left nearly 300 dead and 16,000 families affected< /h2>
President Gustavo Petro reported that $2.1 billion has already been earmarked to date to mitigate the consequences of the rainy season that hits various regions of the country
A strong winter wave has underwater several cities in the country and is leaving vulnerable families without their most basic belongings, which is why President Gustavo Petro reported in the last few hours that his government has allocated $2.1 billion to attend to emergencies caused in the rainy season.
From Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, the Colombian president referred to the emergencies that are being reported in various regions of the country due to heavy rains and pointed out that the executive continues to allocate resources to address the difficult situation. “We are in an emergency; resources have already been allocated. Yesterday there was already a transfer that should add up to $2.1 billion to attend to urgent matters, which is food, first and foremost; health for the people affected, places to relocate in the flood zones.”
The president pointed out that, at the moment, the resources allocated to this attention are focused on three main categories: food, health and relocation of those affected. Petro added that the indicators of this emergency show that the situation is worse than the one experienced during the 2010-2011 rainy season and that it could worsen because it is expected to last until February. , March or April of next year.
Archive image. Bogota during the rainy season. Photo: Colprensa – Camila Diaz
Precisely, about next year, the Colombian president pointed out that “we will have the task of rebuilding roads, etc. And something that is fundamental, that had to do with prevention, that has not been done in Colombia, that today could generate, as is happening in Bogotá, that there are no victims.”
The situation is worrying for Gustavo Petro because, as he explained to the media from Egypt, “the water table is very high, any downpour already produces a landslide or a floodanywhere in the country.” He also lamented the indicators that point to nearly 300 deaths and more than 450,000 affected by winter in recent months, for which he asked that attention to the victims be prioritized.
Ante Due to this, the President of the Republic instructed the Risk Management Unit so that they can quickly provide effective attention to the victims and can also prevent the communities that are at risk. . He also made reference to the government's recent signing of Decree 2113 through which resources are allowed to be allocated and an “emergency employment” program is also contemplated after the declaration of national disaster.
The resources are directed to food, health and relocation zones for affected Colombians. POLITICS SOUTH AMERICA COLOMBIA SOCIEDAD TWITTER
On the other hand, the Presidency also confirmed that, in the last few hours, the Unified Command Post (PMU) was installed in Cartagenaearmarked for emergency care caused by the rains in that city, which according to the authorities, have been 96 in 37 neighborhoods of the capital of the department of Bolívar.
Cartagena authorities informed during the night hours of Monday, November 7, with an estimated 16,000 people affected between urban and rural areas. The PMU is headed by the Minister of the Interior, Alfonso Prada; the Minister of Labor and Delegate Minister with Presidential Functions, Gloria Ramírez; the Director of the Department for Social Prosperity, Cielo Rusinque; the Director of the National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD), Javier Pava; local and regional authorities, and relief agencies.
Regarding the meeting between high-ranking officials of the national government and local authorities, the UNGRD reported that “it is being advanced hours after the tomorrow the single register of victims to establish the number of aid that will be sent tomorrow, in coordination with the Air Force, the Red Cross, Civil Defense and mayors.”