Some 8,000 people affected in Colombia by rains caused by Eta

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At least 8,000 people were affected in northern Colombia due to the rains caused by the Hurricane Eta as it passes through the Caribbean, the environmental authorities reported this Monday.

The risk management office of the Magdalena department reported that the sudden rising of the tributaries that descend from the Sierra Nevada affected some 8,000 people in the towns of El Retén, Aracataca, Zona Bananera, Fundación and Algarrobo.

“In Fundación the affected people would be 3,500, while in El Retén, Aracataca Algarrobo and Zona Bananera the victims are estimated at 4,500,” said the director of the Office for Disaster Risk Management of Magdalena (Ogerd), Jaime Avendaño ,

In each of these municipalities the relief agencies carry out evacuations of affected familiess while the Magdalena government manages actions to try to contain the overflows of the Fundación and Sevilla rivers.

Likewise, in Cartagena de Indias, capital of the department of the neighboring department of Bolívar, the mayor’s office indicated that this Monday the heavy rains, which ewere accompanied by electrical storms, flooded 120 homes in 16 neighborhoods on the outskirts of the city.

The Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (Ideam) said today in a statement that “the major category 4 hurricane Eta will continue to strengthen in the western Caribbean Sea until it makes landfall.”

The Ideam report adds that “for the archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina and the Serrana, Roncador and Serranilla keys, cloudy conditions with rainfall, electrical storms and strong winds and swells are estimated.”

According to information from the National Hurricane Center, last Saturday Eta went from a tropical depression to a tropical storm, on Sunday it reached hurricane category 1 and this Monday it is already in category 4.

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