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Colombia: tens of thousands ordered to evacuate after floods at dam [Merged]

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Tens of thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate their homes in western Colombia after heavy floods at Colombia’s largest hydroelectric dam project, which had already displaced hundreds over the weekend.

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The Hidroituango dam on the river Cauca was in the final stages of construction when a blocked tunnel was cleared on Saturday night, causing flooding downstream that swept through a riverside hamlet. Six hundred people were left homeless and two bridges, two schools and a health centre were destroyed.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/16/colombia-tens-of-thousands-of-ordered-to-evacuate-after-floods-at-dam

 

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Dang, wouldn't you hate having to pack up and leave your house? I would.

If there is a risk for your area, know what it is and be prepared.  Have exit strategy and supplies ready. 

If it was in my power, I would not pick living downstream of a dam, for damn sure. Sounds like the people were there first, and someone decided to build a dam upstream.

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10 hours ago, Picklesnout said:

Dang, wouldn't you hate having to pack up and leave your house? I would.

If there is a risk for your area, know what it is and be prepared.  Have exit strategy and supplies ready. 

If it was in my power, I would not pick living downstream of a dam, for damn sure. Sounds like the people were there first, and someone decided to build a dam upstream.

picking your place to live requires allot of in-site and trying to figure out what could happen including agencies deciding to build things that would impact you, I am sure these people lived there for centuries before this Dam project.

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http://strangesounds.org/2018/05/dam-breaks-colombia-evacuation-video.html

600 people already left homeless after heavy floods at hydroelectric dam project… And now another wave of flooding is feared. Tens of thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate their homes in western Colombia after heavy floods at Colombia’s largest hydroelectric dam project, which had already displaced hundreds over the weekend.

The Hidroituango dam on the river Cauca was in the final stages of construction when a blocked tunnel was cleared on Saturday night, causing flooding downstream that swept through a riverside hamlet. Six hundred people were left homeless and two bridges, two schools and a health centre were destroyed.

On Wednesday, authorities issued evacuation orders for eight municipalities downstream from the dam amid fears of another wave of flooding as heavy rains continue to batter the megaproject.

 

The total number of inhabitants in the eight municipalities is believed to number up to 120,000. So far no deaths or missing people have been reported.

“In the next few minutes, the flow of water from the Cauca river will be increased, downstream of the dam,” a text alert sent by EPM, the company building the dam, shortly after midday read. “People should go immediately to the meeting points.”

The latest emergency was triggered after an engine room at the dam reportedly collapsed. Colombia’s army, police and disaster management agency were dispatched to the site in the north-western Antioquia province. Red Cross personnel have been on the scene since Saturday.

“We are talking about people being displaced every hour,” Isabel Cristina Zuleta, an activist with Ríos Vivos, a local environmental organisation long opposed to the megaproject, told the Guardian from a Sabanalarga, a town upstream affected by floods over the weekend. “The high water pressure is causing landslides and floods upstream right now.”

“Communities are losing their way of life,” she said. “There’s no humanitarian assistance here, it’s total abandonment – there’s no shelters, no food, no anything.”

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2 minutes ago, Alluvial said:

Communities are losing their way of life,” she said. “There’s no humanitarian assistance here, it’s total abandonment – there’s no shelters, no food, no anything.”

Read that again, and again, and again.

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