BOGOTA – Colombian President Ivan Duque said on Monday that he ordered 10,000 gallons of potable water sent to Mocoa, capital of the southern border province of Putumayo, where more than 20,000 people were evacuated due to flooding.
Duque previously dispatched sent the ministers of Housing, Jonathan Malagon, and Environment, Ricardo Lozano, to deal with the emergency in Mocoa, a city of roughly 45,000 residents.
More than 20,000 people were evacuated and at least 50 houses were damaged on Sunday by torrential rains that caused rivers and streams to overflow in Mocoa and the surrounding area, where 335 people died and 400 others were injured by a mudslide in March 2017.
The weekend downpours put the aqueduct serving Mocoa out of commission and left damage to infrastructure, but there were no reports of fatalities.
The government is also contending with flood emergencies in the eastern provinces of Vichida and Guania, where thousands of people have lost homes, crops and livestock.
Duque announced that he plans to visit some of the affected areas on Tuesday to evaluate the damage and formulate a response.