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Latino Daily News

Sunday December 5, 2010

1.5 Million Homeless in Colombia from Devastating Weeks of Rain

Colombia’s Red Cross Deputy Director, Cesar Uruena summarized the damages weeks of rain has had on Colombia:  “We’ve never had this many people affected by the rainy season.”  With 174 dead and counting and over 1.5 million without homes the country has been devastated from the non-stop rains.

The resulting mudslides and rivers overflowing have added to the country’s woes by devastating crops and blocking rescue efforts.  President Juan Manuel Santos cut short his trip to the Ibero-American summit to help with emergency efforts.

The storms are being blamed on La Nina, which circulates cooler-than-normal water in the Pacific Ocean.