Cartagena decrees public calamity due to flooding after heavy rains

Floods and landslides caused by rains from Tropical Storm Iota, which is strengthening in the Caribbean Sea, have resulted in an emergency in Cartagena de Indias, which has had to decree public calamity.

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The images of the floods in Cartagena follow one after another throughout the city: from the most remote neighborhoods, those most affected by the rains, to the historic center, where vehicles have been under water and some places are flooded.

Recognized sites such as the Plaza de los Coches, in the center, or towns such as Albornoz, Villa Rosa, Olaya Herrera, Pablo VI and Bayunca They have been affected by this situation that has in emergency a city that is just beginning to recover from the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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According to him mayor of the city, William Dau, Due to the heavy rains that have lasted for more than 24 hours, up to 70% of the city has floods and even in some areas landslides have occurred that have the inhabitants of various neighborhoods in suspense.

«From early in the morning, all the teams in all the Mayor’s offices are ready to take action to mitigate the effects. Today we will be decreeing a calamity due to the heavy rains and with that we can immediately hire teams to mitigate the effects, ”said Dau.

Tropical storm Iota continues its movement towards Central America this Saturday, a region that has not yet recovered from the impact of Eta and that Monday may be suffering the ravages of an Iota turned into a hurricane over the weekend.

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According to the United States National Hurricane Center (NHC), Iota has maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour (65 km / h) but meteorologists predict that over the next 48 hours it will intensify and become “An intense hurricane as it approaches Central America.”

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