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Colombia flooding forces mass evacuations

Wednesday, November 02, 2016 - 00:49

More than 1,600 families in the western Colombian region of Choco have been forced to evacuate their homes due to heavy flooding, with one town reporting 70 percent of its homes flooded. Mana Rabiee reports.

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The River Geya in western Colombia burst its banks after two weeks of heavy rain. Entire communities have been flooded and some 1,600 families evacuated into temporary shelters. In the town of Bahia Solano over 70 percent of homes were reported flooded. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) LOCAL RESIDENT AFFECTED BY THE FLOODING, LUIS ENRIQUE GUZMAN, SAYING: "In the driest parts, the water comes up to your waist, and in the deepest parts it comes up to your chest." Some 17 towns in the Choco area had been on alert since the rains began. Now, bridges connecting towns are reported destroyed and officials say rescue operations have been hamopered by a lack of boats. And it's likely to get worse before it gets better. More rain is in the forecast.

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Colombia flooding forces mass evacuations

Wednesday, November 02, 2016 - 00:49