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Colombia: Thousands Evacuated As Orinoco, Meta Rivers Overflow

  • Video footage by Colombia's RCN TV showed residents rescuing belongings from their flooded homes.

    Video footage by Colombia's RCN TV showed residents rescuing belongings from their flooded homes. | Photo: Colombia's RCN TV/Reuters

Published 27 June 2018
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Images from video footage by Colombia's RCN TV showed residents rescuing belongings from their flooded homes.

Heavy rains have caused the Orinoco and Meta rivers in eastern Colombia to overflow, affecting some 5,000 residents in Puerto Carreno.

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According to local media reports, residents are being evacuated and taken to temporary shelters. Nevertheless, authorities have been persuading flood victims to take refuge with family and friends because the authorities are running out of space in shelters.

"We have been working with the navy, with the army, with the police, with the government, with the relief corps, fire brigade, Red Cross and civil defense helping to relocate people who have friends, have family members, before they occupy the shelters because we do not have enough space for all the victims," said Puerto Carreno Mayor Marcos Perez.

Images from video footage by Colombia's RCN TV showed residents rescuing belongings from their flooded homes. Local authorities are asking for aid to be sent to the area.

The news comes as more than 4,000 people have been affected by the Arauca River floods after heavy rains and pressure from the river's tributaries caused the river to overrun a local dam. The result was a 50-meter crack in a dike downriver, where the 1,350km waterway makes several natural switchbacks.

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