Emergency in Colombia: More Than 200 Dead Following Avalanche

Photo Credit: Cruz Roja Colombiana

An avalanche in Mocoa, Putumayo, on Saturday has left more than 200 dead, according to Colombia’s Unidad Nacional para la Gestión de Riesgos (natural disasters response government agency.) President Juan Manuel Santos declared state of emergency.

“Our hearts are with the families (affected); I just spoke to a lot of them and we’re going to do everything to help everyone who lost their loved ones and those who lost their homes in this tragedy,” Santos stated.

The Colombian Red Cross has clarified that they are not currently receiving material donations, as they are focused on rescue and family reuniting operations in the area.


The National Government is receiving donations from Colombia and from foreign countries to the following bank accounts:

Intermediary Bank: 
CITIBANK, New York – 399 Park Avenue 10001
Swift Code: CITIUS33  | Chips ABA Code: 0008 | ABA Code: 02100O89

Beneficiary Bank:
Banco Davivienda, Calle 28 No. 13a-15
Account Number: 36240428 | Swift Code: CAVDCOBB

Final Beneficiary Account Number: 021666888 | Fiduprevisora S.A. Fondo Nacional de Calamidades – Donaciones

UNICEF Colombia is also receiving donations to help the children and families         affected. Donate to UNICEF here.

According to UNICEF, there are more than 300 families affected, as well as five schools and 25 houses, following the deadly overflow of rivers Mocoa, Mulato y Sancoyaco.

About Valeria Ricciulli

Valeria Ricciulli is a New York based Colombian journalist. She currently covers real estate, architecture, and infrastructure at Vox Media's Curbed NY. Previously, she worked as a breaking news reporter for DNAinfo.com, and as a digital news intern for El Diario New York, covering crime, local politics, health, and culture. She's currently pursuing an M.S. in Media Management at The New School.

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