Severe Flooding in Magdalena Leaves Homes Submerged: “We Only Have What We’re Wearing”

The recent heavy rains in Colombia have caused a sudden increase in water levels, leading to avalanches, landslides, and flash floods. One such incident occurred in the district of Apure, in the municipality of Plato, Magdalena, where a stream overflowed, leaving hundreds of families displaced as their homes were submerged.

According to reports from residents, the heavy rainfall started in the early hours of Wednesday, June 5, 2024, causing their homes to flood up to the roof. More than 1,500 people were affected, with around 200 houses completely underwater. The residents were forced to evacuate to safety.

The local authorities quickly responded to the situation, with the Governor’s office confirming that the rainfall levels reached 140 mm, the highest in the past 40 years. A government team was dispatched to assess the damage and provide assistance to those affected.

The affected residents took to social media to plead for help and draw attention to their plight. The local community rallied together to support those in need, urging the authorities to take swift action in Magdalena.

In addition to Magdalena, other regions in Colombia, such as Antioquia, Santander, and Norte de Santander, are also experiencing similar emergencies due to the ongoing rainy season. The country is on high alert as the La Niña weather phenomenon is expected to exacerbate the situation.

As the authorities continue to monitor the weather and prepare for further challenges, the affected communities are receiving assistance and support to help them recover from the devastating floods.