The strong cold wave hitting Colombia killed 15 people and almost 9,000 victims, local authorities reported today.
According to the director of the National Risk Management Unit (UNGR), Carlos Márquez, heavy rains coupled with the current season caused floods and landslides in 145 municipalities of the country.
He explained that as a preventive measure, the UNGR activated early warning systems and prepared contingency plans to deal with emergencies, such as the usual overflow of rivers at this time of the year.
Municipalities near the Magdalena and Cauca rivers are currently on alert due to the high probability of increase in the levels of these tributaries.
In the Caribbean city of Santa Marta was announced that a neighborhood is about to disappear as a result of the usual landslides.
According to data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Colombia is the country in the world where it rains the most, with an average of 3, 240 millimeters of annual rainfall.
In contrast, the National Service of Meteorology and Hydrology (Senamhi) from Bolivia warned today about the probability of the increase in temperatures in western Bolivia, mainly during the last week of November.
According to the specialist of that center Danilo Pomier, the current climate, although hot, so far does not exceed the record reached in 2011 of 27.1 degrees Celsius in the highlands.
Pomier told local media that in December the rainy season will begin and a buildup of clouds, but the warmth indexes in the national territory will remain.
The researches carried out by Senamhi suggest that the summer rainfall, between the months of December and February, will have normal levels, he added.