BOGOTA – About 1,300 people from 371 families have been evacuated due to the floods caused by the swelling of the Meta and Orinoco rivers, which have especially affected Puerto Carreño, the capital of Vichada province, the Colombian Ombudsman’s Office said Thursday.
Several families were moved to shelters in the city, while others are at the covered stadium in the La Esperanza neighborhood and another group is at El Recreo market.
“The floods mostly affected seven neighborhoods and two areas occupied by squatters in the city, with Santa Teresita and the San Jose squatter settlement the worst hit,” the Ombudsman’s Office said.
On the banks of the Meta River, 25 other affected families have received food assistance.
The rivers began overflowing their banks in July, prompting officials to declare emergencies as the water level kept rising.
The government has shipped 370 kits with food and personal hygiene items for evacuees.