Surviving Alone: Improving Assistance to Colombia's Flood Victims

Author(s)
Thomas, A.
Language
English
Pages
17pp
Date published
01 May 2011
Type
Research, reports and studies
Keywords
Accountability and Participation, Capacity development, Disaster preparedness, resilience and risk reduction, Disaster preparedness, Disasters, Floods & landslides, Monitoring, National & regional actors, Response and recovery, System-wide performance
Countries
Colombia
Organisations
Refugees International

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.