BOGOTA, Nov. 15. Season of torrential rains that hit the Columbia, and the resulting landslides, mudslides and floods in September 2011 has already claimed the lives of 96 people. Another 68 people were injured and seven — were missing. On it informs RIA "Novosti", referring to the statement by the Red Cross of the South American country.
But meteorologists said that tropical storms will not stop until at least the first few months of next year. This is due to the atmospheric phenomenon of "La Niña". It is noted that it is triggered by a sharp change in the atmosphere due to the arrival of the cold currents to the Pacific coast of the country.
According to the Red Cross, as a result of rampant disaster affected more than 66 thousand families, partially destroyed over 54 thousand buildings are 417 homes completely destroyed.
According to some, the rains affected 27 of the 32 departments of the country. Thus, in some of them — the Chocó, Nariño, Tolima and Amazonas — authorities declared a red alert level.
Recall that last year in Colombia as a result of heavy rains killed 345 people, injured more than two million, and about 1.3 million hectares of land were flooded.