Until It Happens To You

Storm system brings heavy rain, flash flooding to Columbia, Richland.

Colombia landslide leaves at least 254 dead and hundreds missing.

The Latest: Rescuers suspend night search in Colombia.

“The disaster struck in the early hours of Saturday when the rushing waters of the Mocoa river and its tributaries converged on the capital of Putumayo province, catching many people by surprise as they slept. More than 1,000 emergency personnel, including soldiers and local police, were deployed to help the rescue effort and to keep order.”

“On Saturday, President Juan Manuel Santos blamed the tragedy on climate change, saying that the accumulated rainfall in one night was almost half the amount Mocoa typically receives in the entire month of March.”

“The Mocoa Mudslide is the deadliest in a wave of flood-related disasters in South America in recent months. Floods and landslides since the start of the year in Peru have left 101 people dead. In Ecuador, 21 people have died in the flooding.”

“A landslide in Colombia’s rural south-west in November killed nine people, and another in October killed 10 individuals in the north of the country.” (1)

“Changes in rainfall and other forms of precipitation will be one of the most critical factors determining the overall impact of climate change. Rainfall is much harder to predict than temperature, but there are some statements that scientists can make with confidence about the future.”

“A warmer atmosphere can hold more moisture, and globally water vapour increases by 7% for every degree centigrade of warming. How this will translate into changes in global precipitation is less clear cut, but the total volume of precipitation is likely to increase by 1-2% per degree of warming.” (2)

Should we be doing something about it? It`s our move.

Written by Petra Cvetanovic

(1) https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/01/colombia-landslide-mocoa-putumayo-heavy-rains
(2) https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2011/dec/15/climate-change-rainfall

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