The Colombian prosecutor’s office will begin an investigation into the tragedy of Mocoa, which has caused at least 315 deaths, in order to clarify the actions of officials in charge of protecting the population, Caracol Radio confirmed Monday.
The accuser will seek studies in which experts warned about the risks to which the villagers were exposed and were allegedly shelved on shelves for decision making by the authorities in charged, commented the national broadcaster.
In the course of the investigations, increased the same source, the prosecutor’s office will call to give evidence the current Mocoa mayor, Jose Antonio Castro and his predecessor, Elver Cerón; the governor of the department of Putumayo, Zorrel Aroca; as well as the leaders of Corpoamazonia, entity of environmental profile.
Outbreaks of floods triggered the landslides of April 1, which also left more than a hundred missing and about 300 injured.
According to the newspaper El Tiempo, the Development Plan prepared during the mandate of Cerón projected the relocation of 80 percent of the social infrastructure and houses located in areas considered under threat by the proximity of several rivers.
Also the mayoralty should have to execute about 27 works to mitigate this type of phenomena, something that never happened, regretted the newspaper.
Official documents, he added, show that for almost two decades was known the urgency of building dams to contain the fury of the waters, which completely devastated three districts and wreaked havoc on another 10.