Colombian Government accelerates solutions in La Mojana region

December 12, 2023
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Historic investment for Cara de Gato Closure

In a major step towards addressing the challenges in La Mojana, the Colombian government, under President Gustavo Petro, has fast-tracked the implementation of crucial solutions.

This follows the announcement of a historic investment exceeding 129 billion pesos for the closure of Cara de Gato, a significant project spearheaded by the National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD).

Comprehensive response to flood impacts

The UNGRD has initiated a series of actions following the announcement, focusing on emergency work, census of affected individuals, housing improvements, and community kitchens.

These measures are part of a broader effort to provide foundational solutions for the 11 municipalities in the region, reflecting the government’s commitment to deeply addressing Colombia’s intricate challenges.

Emergency works and community support

The government has allocated a budget surpassing 129 billion pesos, appointing the RGC Consortium to conduct emergency works aimed at restoring the left margin of the Cauca River dike.

This is concentrated in the “Rompedero Caregato” area in San Jacinto del Cauca, Bolívar.

Additionally, a census of impacted individuals has been integrated into the National Registry of Disaster Victims (RUNDA), providing them with Emergency Humanitarian Assistance, including food and hygiene kits.

In communities like Achí, Majagual, Guaranda Sucre, and San Benito de Abad, families categorized as high-risk are identified for relocation under a resettlement program.

This program prioritizes safety and the revival of livelihoods without losing community roots.

Furthermore, to respond to the needs of families affected by heavy rains, housing improvements are underway to ensure dignified living conditions.

Launch of community kitchens and reaffirmed commitment

The UNGRD is also preparing to launch 144 Community Kitchens across nine municipalities in the La Mojana subregion, benefiting over 28,000 people.

This initiative, along with other actions, reflects the government’s dedication to ensuring development and well-being reach this part of the country.

Director General of UNGRD, Olmedo López, emphasized the government’s tireless effort and careful planning in every decision.

The ultimate goal is to restore La Mojana’s status as a key agricultural and livestock production center in Colombia.

FSJA Comment

The Colombian government’s swift action in La Mojana exemplifies a proactive approach to disaster management and community support.

By allocating substantial funds and implementing a comprehensive strategy, the government is not only addressing immediate needs but also laying the groundwork for long-term stability and growth.

The focus on both emergency response and sustainable development, such as the resettlement program and community kitchens, indicates a holistic understanding of the challenges faced by the affected communities.

This initiative could serve as a model for other regions facing similar challenges, highlighting the importance of government intervention in disaster-stricken areas.

Note: This article has been translated from Spanish, and there might be minor discrepancies in the translation.

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