Colombia 2012

CERF provides US$1.1 million for flood-affected people in Colombia

7 November 2012: According to Government estimates, almost 100,000 people have been affected by the July 2012 flooding in Colombia. In late July, heavy rains caused an overflow of the Putumayo, Guamuez, Orito, Guineo and San Miguel rivers in the southern-border department of Putumayo. On 16 August, the situation for affected people was worsened by a powerful storm.

The floods and storm destroyed 220 houses, severely affected another 5,200 houses and destroyed 14,000 hectares of crops, which corresponds to approximately 60 per cent of the total area used for agricultural production in the department. An estimated 58,000 to 65,000 people are currently food insecure and need nutrition and emergency agricultural rehabilitation, as well as health support. 

The security situation in the department is highly volatile. Humanitarian access to the worst-affected areas is constrained by landmine contamination and other security challenges.

In response, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated US$1.1 million to help UN agencies and humanitarian partners provide water, sanitation, hygiene, agricultural and nutrition support.

A total of $150,000 has been allocated to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), $400,000 to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and $550,000 to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The funds aim to assist 21,000 affected people.

CERF in Action - Rapid Response

CERF gives $3 million to Colombia

With humanitarian needs increasing, CERF allocated some US$55 million for the second underfunded emergencies window in August 2012 to bolster operations in eight neglected humanitarian emergencies.

Allocations for Afghanistan, Cameroon, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Madagascar, Sri Lanka and Sudan bring the total amount provided by CERF for underfunded emergencies this year to more than $158 million.

Thirteen countries were given nearly $104 million in the first 2012 underfunded round in January 2012.

CERF in Action - Underfunded Emergencies