The Governor of BolivarVicente Blel, asked the National government speed to carry out the macroproject of The Mojana Bolivarense, Sucreña, Córdoba and Antioquia, in order to face the difficulties brought about by the heavy rains not only this year, but also in previous years.
“The very urgent need for us is the macro-project of The Mojanais a very strategic area for us and for our peasants, especially Mojana Bolivarenses, Córdoba, Sucreña and Antioquia”, indicated the governor, who also assured that the megaproject will reduce the risk of flooding.
“The 4 governors are working jointly to move this project forward, we remind the president that at this time we have more than 27 municipalities in an emergency and that if we do not carry out this type of initiative and we manage to crystallize it every year they will be repetitive”, express.
He added that “precisely the most affected are the wetlands of the department, municipalities such as Tiquisio, San Jancito del Cauca, Montecristo, Achí, Magangué, where the Cauca River and the Magdalena River, Pinillos, converge. More than 120,000 families in the department of Bolivar They are currently affected and if we take an average of 4 people per family, we are talking about 500,000 families in the department of Bolívar being affected by the winter season.”
“The president has just announced it, we are going to have a very complicated winter wave starting in September and that is why we are preparing with machinery to be able to confront what is coming for the department of Bolívar, we hope that no more population than we have at this time will be affected,” he said.
“What we are looking for is that these types of situations do not repeat themselves, it is a never-ending problem if these mitigation works are not carried out, such as the macroproject Dam Channel and the macroproject of The Mojana that what he seeks is to solve once and for all the problem of the winter wave”, he added.
The La Mojana region collects the inflows of three of the country’s most important rivers, the Cauca, San Jorge and Magdalena, and comprises 11 municipalities that are part of the departments of Bolivar, Cordoba, Sucre and Antioquia.
Precisely, last July, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (Ocha) assured that, due to the heavy rainfall that has occurred in The Mojana Due to the first rainy season, nearly 165,000 people have been affected by the floods in that subregion so far in 2022.
According to the agency, the rainfall caused the breaking of four jarillones in Bolívar, Sucre, Córdoba and Antioquia, which generated an increase in the flows of the Cauca and San Jorge rivers and, therefore, floods in the subregion.
The organization explained to Blu Radio at that time that, to date, the water levels in the area have increased by about 40 centimeters compared to what was reported during 2021, which caused the height of the tributaries to be between 1.5 and 3 meters, thus impacting more than 10,000 people compared to the immediately previous year.
This led the authorities to declare a public calamity in the 11 municipalities due to the floods. “Of the 11 municipalities of the subregion, six of them present an affectation in more than 50% of their population, including municipalities with 100 percent affectation such as Sucre”Ocha warned the Bogota radio station.