Photos / At least two dead and total devastation on the Colombian island of Providencia

Duque traveled from Cartagena on Tuesday and his plane landed at the Gustavo Rojas Pinilla airport in San Andrés, where he boarded a smaller aircraft to get to Providencia and from the air he could see the size of the devastation.

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EFE / Photos: Maria Antonia Chinkousky / Blu Radio

06:16 PM / 17/11/2020

At least two dead, three missing and some 30 injured left the passage of Category 5 hurricane Iota through the Colombian island of Providencia, which was completely devastated, the regional public channel Teleislas reported on Tuesday 17-N.

The 17-square-kilometer island, inhabited by some 5,000 people, is part of the archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina, which was hit squarely by “Iota” at dawn on Monday with winds of up to 50 kilometers per hour, leaving a trail of destruction, as seen in the first images of the place.

“So far three people have disappeared, two more who lost their lives and at least 30 injured,” he said in a newsletter published on his social networks Teleislas, currently the only source of information on what is happening in Providencia, as far as Colombian President Iván Duque arrived this afternoon.

According to Teleislas, the hurricane caused the “total destruction of the health center” in Providencia, which “continues without communication” with the rest of the country.

Scorched island

In the first released photographs of Providencia, located about 90 kilometers northeast of San Andrés, the main island of the archipelago, houses are seen with their roofs torn off, posts and fallen trees crossed in the streets covered with rubble and even a boat dragged by the winds to one of them.

Aerial images made during the arrival of the president in a Colombian Air Force (FAC) plane at El Embrujo airport, in Providencia, show the almost total destruction of the buildings and confirm the alarm that the mayor of that island gave Duque yesterday, Jorge Norberto Gari Hooker, that “about 98% of the infrastructure” was damaged.

Duque traveled from Cartagena on Tuesday and his plane landed at the Gustavo Rojas Pinilla airport in San Andrés, where he boarded a smaller aircraft to get to Providencia and from the air he could see the size of the devastation.

“The situation is quite complex, especially on the island of Providencia, the effects on the infrastructure are considerable. There are several constructions totally destroyed and another large number quite affected,” the commander of the Caribbean Naval Force told Efe. Rear Admiral Juan Ricardo Rozo Obregón.

The naval officer added that until the early hours of yesterday he had contact with his men in Providencia, who managed to report damage to the three naval facilities on that island.

“According to the information my commanders gave me there (in Providencia), the facilities of the Coast Guard Station are completely destroyed, the facilities of the Harbor Master’s Office are completely destroyed and the facilities of the Marine Infantry Battalion are affected” , he stated.

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