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Colombia Braces For Upcoming Rainy Season

BOGOTA, Aug. 31 (UPI) — The Colombian government will invest $30 million in emergency aid for this year’s second rainy season predicted to start in September, officials said.

Director of risk management for the Interior Ministry, Carlos Ivan Marquez, said funding will cover machinery to remove debris, temporary housing subsidies and supplies for those affected by flooding and landslides, La Nacion reported Wednesday.

Marquez said the action planning will enable authorities to respond to emergencies in a timely manner.

He called on city halls, local governments and health centers to implement their own prevention planning during this time of year, which is expected to last until the middle of December.

The Colombian government has already invested $14.5 billion in implementing defense mechanisms to prevent future flooding and other seasonal disasters until 2014, the report said.

The floods and landslides of this year’s prolonged rainy season started in January and lasted until May, leaving 300 people dead or missing and affecting more than 2.8 million more.

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