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Surviving Alone: Improving Assistance to Colombia's Flood Victims


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Resource type:Research, reports and studies
Keywords:Accountability and Participation, Capacity development, Disaster preparedness, Disaster preparedness, resilience and risk reduction, Disasters, Floods & landslides, Monitoring, National & regional actors, Response and recovery, System-wide performance
Agency:Refugees International
Author(s):Thomas, A.
Date published:May 2011
Publisher:The Bacon Center for the Study of Climate Displacement

This report describes significant shortcomings in the colombian government’s and international agencies’ response to the disaster. While Colombia has spent decades building a disaster
management framework, the severity of the emergency exposed serious flaws in the system — most notably the lack of local implementation and capacity. In light of expert projections that climate change is likely to increase the frequency and force of floods, storms and other climate-related events in Colombia, the report outlines steps to ensure colombia is better prepared to address this threat.

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