Colombian families evacuate after flooding
April 29, 2011
MEDELLIN, Colombia – At least 34 sponsored children and their families have been evacuated from their homes after heavy rains and mudslides in Colombia, according to staff reports.
No personal injuries to any sponsored members have been reported.
Martha Gutierrez, a CFCA social worker in the Antioquia project, said many of these families live along river shores. During heavy rains, she said, they usually seek shelter at the local school.
"This disaster has hit the country in a way we have never seen before, causing flooding, deaths, road closings and mountain mudslides, which fall into the rivers," she said.
Gutierrez also said some places have been hit more than others. In the Antioquia province alone, she said, an estimated 45,000 people have been affected.
Nationwide, CNN reports, 28 of Colombia's 32 provinces have been affected as well as the district around Bogotá, the capital.
"We will trust in God and the strength of the Colombian people," Gutierrez said, "that we will overcome this emergency."
CFCA serves more than 20,000 children, youth and elderly in Colombia.