5 April 2017

Mocoa, Colombia, April 5, 2017 – On Saturday, April 1, floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains swept entire neighborhoods in Mocoa, a city in southwest Colombia. More than 273 people have been killed and 300 are still listed as missing. Hundreds of families are in dire need of shelter, drinking water, and hygiene services. This week, Colombia's president declared the crisis to be an "economic, social and ecological emergency".

SOS Children’s Villages has provided care and support to vulnerable children, families, and communities in Colombia for over 40 years. Fortunately, children and families living in the SOS Village in Ipiales, near Mocoa, are safe and unharmed. However, the situation has grown challenging for the children impacted by the floods— almost half of the impacted population are children. Angela Rosales, the National Director of SOS Colombia, informed that due to the crisis many children are unaccompanied or separated from their parents.

SOS Colombia is coordinating with the government and other aid organizations to evaluate the needs.

For more information, contact Stephanie Rendon srendon@sos-usa.org or 202.470.5182.