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The Minister of the Interior, Alfonso Prada Gil, led a meeting to monitor the La Niña phenomenon and preventive measures in conjunction with the Minister of Environment, High Counselor for the Regions, National Unit for Disaster Risk Management and IDEAM.

Bogota, August 24 from 2022.@MinInterior. The Minister of the Interior, Alfonso Prada, asked the authorities to convene a Disaster Risk Management Committee immediately to know how they are prepared to face the phenomenon of La Niña and the second rainy season that is coming.

Prada Gil asked to take and implement the necessary measures, as well as coordination, advice, planning and monitoring aimed at ensuring the effectiveness and articulation of processes of knowledge and risk reduction as well as disaster management in their respective territorial entities, in order to take the necessary measures to avoid the loss of human lives and material goods.

In addition, the Head of the Policy requested the competent authorities of the lower Magdalena River basin, the lower Cauca River basin, the Mojana, the Canal del Dique and the Meta River to be attentive to the alerts issued by IDEAM to take appropriate action. Similarly, he called for the permanent monitoring of the tropical cyclone season in the Caribbean region, Caribbean Sea, and San Andrés Archipelago, Providencia and Santa Catalina and the Keys.  

It should be kept in mind that there are 12 municipalities throughout the country with risk maps to attend the winter emergency, which can have the size of impact similar to the emergencies that occurred in 2010 and 2011. For this reason, the objective is to have risk maps for the whole country to address the emergency.

“We found that only 12 municipalities had a risk map in place to face the La Niña phenomenon of these months. They are supremely left behind; therefore, we have stepped on the gas: all institutions are put to the service of this cause. What we are seeing is that a large part of the institutionality we will have to focus on addressing the emergency,» Prada Gil pointed out.

On the other hand, IDEAM has revealed that there are 110 municipalities on red alert and 308 municipalities associated with orange alert. The department of Córdoba with 21 is the department with the largest number of municipalities at risk, followed by Bolivar with 19, Antioquia with 18, Sucre with 17 and Magdalena with 12.