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17 November 2020

Hurricane Iota in Colombia

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Type of Event:Cyclone
Location of Event:Colombia
Date of Charter Activation:2020-11-17
Time of Charter Activation:17:42
Time zone of Charter Activation:UTC-05:00
Charter Requestor:National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD)
Activation ID:687
Project Management:UNGRD

Hurricane Iota made landfall on the small Colombian island of Providencia as a Category 5 hurricane, one fatality has been reported. Iota also caused severe flooding in Cartagena, a popular tourist destination on Colombia's Caribbean coast.

Reports from local government say 98% of the Providencia islands infrastructure was damaged, and the majority of homes were damaged or destroyed. 

Aeroplanes filled with humanitarian aid have deployed and teams worked to clear runways to allow the flights to land.

The National Hurricane Center warned of "potentially catastrophic winds, life-threatening storm surge, and extreme rainfall impacts to central America."



Map of Areas affected by Hurricane IOTA on Providencia Island and Santa Catalina -Colombia

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: Pleiades 19/11/2020

Copyright: Pleiades © CNES (2020) - Distribution: Airbus Defence and Space, all rights reserved.
Map produced by UNGRD

Map of affected buildings in Providencia Island, Colombia, after Hurricane Iota

Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 19/11/2020

Copyright: Includes Pleiades material © CNES (2020), Distribution Airbus DS.
Map produced by UNGRD

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