Responding to Massive Floods in La Mojana, Colombia
Action Against Hunger / Action Contre la Faim (ACF) and the World Food Programme (WFP) are working to distribute food to inhabitants of La Mojana, one of the most seriously affected regions in last year’s floods, and where 7 out of 10 households live below the poverty line.
ACF’s team will provide rice, sugar, oil and vegetables to more than 40,000 people who have lost their harvests and reserves after the heavy rains. ACF had already distributed food items after the region experienced its strongest seasonal rainfall in 11 years last July. This represents an urgent measure to assist the thousands of affected who, six months after the floods, are still dependent on external help in order to survive.
“The population did not have time to recover from the last flood before the second season of even more intense rains arrived,” explains Alejandro Zurita, ACF’s Country Director in Colombia. It has been six months without rest for the inhabitants of Córdoba and La Mojana. The rains have left entire villages flooded, crops submerged and basic infrastructure destroyed. The overflowing of the Cauca river, one of the most plentiful in the country, has further aggravated the situation.
“The intensity of the rains has provoked an emergency situation in which it is essential to work rapidly. ACF is intervening in a close partnership with the United Nations and the National Authority for the Prevention and Attention of Disasters,” adds Jorge Salamanca, Action Against Hunger’s desk officer for Latin America.
ACF has been active in Colombia since 1998, supporting nutrition, water and sanitation, health, and food security programs for those affected by the conflict. The ACF International works more than 40 countries and helps some 5 million people each year.