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9/23/2007

Colombia: Floods leave little behind in already vulnerable communities

Columbia. S.A.
Since March, continuous heavy rains in Colombia have caused floods affecting 600,000 people in 247 municipalities and 27 departments. Some families who were originally displaced by the internal armed conflict in Colombia had sought refuge settling in marginal areas along riverbanks. With the ensuing floods, families then found themselves swept up into another emergency. "Although the water has receded from most of the houses, the resulting effects have created a significant health situation. In the communities there are no basic services, water systems or adequate toilets."
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