Heavy rains in the country won’t give up until mid-December; In reverse, they will tend to accentuate between the second half of November and the first half of December. This was confirmed by the Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (Ideam), which in the last week has recommended maximum care in the populations of the Colombian Caribbean and also in the departments of the central region.
This November 15, in particular, the attention is focused on Cartagena, the capital of Bolívar, flooded by 70% and with over 155,000 victims due to the rains of November 13 and 14. Eyes are also on the islands of San Andrés and Providencia, as storm Iota in the Caribbean has become a Category 1 hurricane, and, according to Ideam, at night it could reach number 3, where 5 is the highest.
“A Category 3 hurricane, with winds up to 178 km per hour, it could generate storm surges and precipitation. Waves can be up to 4 meters high ”, they said about it in the Idea.
But the concern for the evening-night of this November 15th and the morning of the 16th is not only for San Andrés and Providencia. In its most recent statement, the Idea suggested “Pay particular attention in the steeply sloping areas located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, La Guajira, north of César and Magdalena”, although the recommendation extends to the southern departments, such as Caquetá and Putumayo.
The possibility of sudden increases, the cases of which were recorded in Chocó this weekend, will continue to occur landslides, such as those that have occurred in Santander in recent days. So thunderstorms and strong winds, which can turn into storms.
“The second rainy season of the year has tended to accentuate in recent days especially with the passage of tropical waves, which have become hurricanes Eta and Iota, which have favored the increase in rainfall in various sectors of the Colombian territory ”, assure the experts Ideam.
In the case of Cundinamarca and the country’s capital, the alert for the winter season is orange, due to the rising levels of the Bogotá River. In the upper basin the municipalities that can be affected are Chía, Cota and Suesca, while in the lower basin the alert is for Mesitas, Apulo, San Antonio del Tequendama, Girardot and Anolaima, according to the Regional Autonomous Society of Cundinamarca (CAR).
In Bogotá, the District Institute for Risks and Climate Change (Idiger) is aware of what could happen in the event of a possible rise in the Salitre or Juan Amarillo, San Francisco, Fucha, Tunjuelo and Balsillas rivers, tributaries of the Bogotá River .