AJWS Responds to Flooding in Colombia

 

AJWS Responds to Flooding in Colombia

November 19, 2010

As Colombia faces its worst rainy season in three decades, severe flooding and landslides have left at least 136 people dead and disrupted the lives of more than 1.2 million. Government officials report that more than 200,000 homes in all but five of Colombia’s 32 provinces have been destroyed.

The communities most severely affected are those along the Sinú River, where AJWS’s grantee ASPROCIG works. In response to the devastation, AJWS is providing ASPROCIG with a $20,000 emergency grant to offer food and health support in order to ensure that health and crop systems do not deteriorate with continued flooding. ASPROCIG is also draining contaminated water, providing seeds and small livestock to flood victims and conserving the increasingly fragile agro-system by pruning trees and building necessary fences to halt the floods.

AJWS is closely monitoring the crisis on the ground to learn about emerging risks and developments. We will continue to provide relevant information as the situation evolves.