Intense rains due to transit of tropical waves

Intense rains due to transit of tropical waves
Intense rains due to transit of tropical waves

The Ideam Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies announced that the intense rains that occurred on Friday night and yesterday Saturday were due to the transit of tropical waves 6 and 7, meaning greater rainfall accompanied by electrical activity. , will accompany the afternoon and evening this weekend.

According to the entity, this phenomenon will mainly affect the Caribbean region and the northern Andean region, with departments such as La Guajira, Magdalena, Atlántico, Bolívar and Córdoba in the spotlight, in addition to the islands of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina. .

In addition, the climate authority indicated that, “this year’s cyclone season will be much more intense than usual, with an 85 percent probability of high activity,” which is supported by the National Office of Oceanic Administration and Noaa US Atmospheric, which also anticipates a more active season than normal.

It should be noted that Magdalena, including Santa Marta, is among the 24 departments, where the climate authority predicts abundant cloudiness and rain with electric shocks, in rural and urban areas, as well as in maritime and oceanic areas.


Today, Sunday, rains with electric shocks will persist in large areas of the Orinoco and Amazon regions, as well as in specific sectors of the Caribbean and Andean region. The heaviest rainfall is expected in sectors of the departments of: La Guajira, Magdalena, Atlántico, César, Bolívar, Cauca, Nariño, Antioquia, Santander, Norte de Santander, Cundinamarca, Boyacá, Caldas, Risaralda, Quindío, Tolima, Huila, Arauca, Casanare, Vichada, Meta, Caquetá, Guainía, Guaviare, Putumayo, Vaupés and Amazonas. For the islands of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina, varied cloudiness with rains of varying intensity is estimated.


Under the action plan, the Civil Defense announced the execution of control and monitoring activities at the levels of the rivers in the district of Santa Marta and Magdalena, as a preventive measure against the rains caused by the transit of Tropical Wave 6 and 7.

In a first report made this Saturday morning, this relief organization reported that the levels of the main rivers that descend from the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, such as the Río Frío, Sevilla, Guachaca, Buritaca, Don Diego, Fundación and Aracataca, maintained their levels within normal, without representing any type of imminent risk of overflow.

“Due to the tropical wave, an increase in flow can be generated in the rivers that originate in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, with the probability of sudden floods, overflowing of some rivers, and possible floods. In that sense, the community must remain alert in the face of these adverse weather conditions,” said Colonel Omaña.


With a total of 5 pieces of equipment from the yellow machinery bank, the Office of Risk Management and Climate Change intends to deal with possible landslides of hills and sediment on the roads, as a result of the passage of the tropical wave.

The above will take place in vulnerable hills such as El Boquerón, Ziruma, La Estrella, Minca and Taganga, which are sites prone to this type of eventuality that affects neighborhoods in the northeastern area of ​​Santa Marta.

Dr. Alex Veklásquez, director of said District agency, said that the yellow machinery will be essential to improve the conditions of the roads in the Ondas del Caribe, El Pantano, Once de Noviembre and Timayui neighborhoods, facilitating the efficient removal of sediments, which will contribute Not only will it keep streets clean and walkable, but it will also promote a safer and more accessible environment for the residents of these communities.


Ideam advises carrying out tours preferably during the day in areas threatened by landslides or landslides, and also suggests that relief agencies carry out permanent monitoring on very rainy days, so that the community can seek refuge in safe areas. On the other hand, if the landslide is on a road, he indicated that it is necessary to inform the authorities and drivers to put them on alert and thus avoid traffic in areas of high slope.


District Office of Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation recommends the community take the following precautions.

  1. Avoid going out during heavy rain: Unless absolutely necessary, stay indoors.
  2. Check the condition of your roofs: Make sure there are no loose or damaged tiles.
  3. Reinforce structures: Especially those that are older or made of less resistant materials
  4. Report trees at risk: If you notice trees that appear unstable, please inform local authorities so they can take preventive measures.
  5. Use quality materials: In any repair or new construction, prefer resistant and durable materials.
  6. Request professional help: If you have any questions or need for major repairs, contact qualified professionals.
  7. Be attentive to weather alerts: Follow the recommendations of the authorities and weather reports.
  8. Prepare for emergencies: Have a family emergency plan and make sure everyone knows what to do in case of a collapse or falling tree.

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