Colombia Mudslide 2017

Start Date

March 31, 2017

Overview

Rescue workers at the Mocoa, Columbia mudslide.

Rescue workers at the Mocoa, Columbia mudslide.

Image Credit: http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/03/americas/colombia-mudslide/

Torrential rains on the night of Friday March 31st, 2017, caused three rivers surrounding the southern Colombian city of Mocoa to overflow, sending a torrent of mud and debris surging through the city. At least 254 people were killed. A further 203 people were injured, many severely. This area is highly predisposed to landsliding due to extreme tropical rainfall, extensive deforestation, and steep slopes. NASA precipitation data, landslide susceptibility information, and a global landslide catalog can provide situational awareness into the greater context for this disaster. 

 

Latest Updates

April 3, 2017
Deadly Flooding Rains Near Mocoa, Colombia Measured By GPM IMERG
Click here to view animated GIF Late Friday night and Saturday morning flash flooding and mudslides killed over 250 people in Mocoa, Colombia. Extremely intense storms added heavy rain to water logged terrain around Mocoa. Water from this heavy rainfall converged into a river that runs close to Mocoa causing it to overflow it's banks...
April 1, 2017
Landslide susceptibility and fatalities map from the NASA Global Landslide Catalog.
Torrential rains on the night of Friday March 31st 2017 caused three rivers surrounding the southern Colombian city of Mocoa to overflow -- sending a torrent of mud and debris surging through the city. At least 254 people were killed.  The above image shows the Global Landslide Susceptibility map for the affected region, overlaid with the estimated total fatalities due to landslides from 2007-2016 on the left.  This data was generated as part of NASA's...