Monday, February 6, 2023

Mobility problems in Caldas during winter: it has serious implications in Manzanares

The winter season does not end in the department of Caldas, which continues to affect all municipalities, especially the road network, as is the case in the west, where there are difficulties for vehicular traffic between Supía and the neighboring city of Caramanta. Huh. ,

According to Félix Ricardo Giraldo Delgado, head of the Caldas Risk Management Unit, one of the areas with winter problems is the municipality of San José, which sees little of its communication with the neighboring city of Risaralda. uniformly, Marmato has frequent torrential flooding and material hauling due to the fact that the major activity in the area is mining for the extraction of gold.

In this area, one of the most vulnerable areas is known as Sien Pesos, which is frequently affected by landslides.

Monitoring is also carried out in the Cascabel and Jiménez Bajo streams, where flash floods occur; as well as at the entrance to the municipality of Marmato where landslides that affected the road between the cities of Manizales and Medellin caused prolonged closures.

The route north of Caldas is one of the major routes affected by the winter wave, as the Manizales – Neira – Aranzazu – Salamina – Pacora – Aguadas – La Pintada corridor, Antioquia records several landslides.

Salamina is also a municipality that, due to severe connectivity difficulties due to landslides on the roads to San Félix and the neighboring city of Aranzazu, currently has a total road closure in the La Union sector on Monday, December 12. ,

for his part, In Neira, assistance is provided with humanitarian aid to affected families who lived in three houses that were damaged by a landslide in the area called Cantadelicia.

But without a doubt the most complicated situation is faced by the municipality of Manzanares, located east of Caldas, as its almost 20,000 inhabitants have to make very long and perilous journeys to be able to go to other neighboring towns. The area most affected by winter is Buenavista at the exit called Petaqueros, which allows you to communicate with the Alto de Letras in Manizales or the cities of Fresno, Padua, Mariquita and Honda in Tolima.

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Caldas has an equally complex relationship with the neighboring Pennsylvania municipalities of Marquetalia and Manzanares to the upper east., Along with Victoria and La Dorada in the Magdalena Centro area.

The Government of Caldas carries out significant recovery works on the department’s roads using its own and hired yellow machinery, where so far 1,783 kilometers of intervention have been achieved to improve the connectivity of communities and the transport of its products. , One of these areas is in the El Tigre sector of Neira municipality, specifically in the El Peligro – El Águila – La Chuscala section, where soil and plant material that fell on the road has been removed. Similarly, the area of ​​Las Palomas in Cantadelicia – La Arabia road and Manzanares were resettled.

This Sunday, December 11, the official fire department of Manizales attended the collapse of a house in the San Ignacio neighborhood, where heavy rain and strong winds caused the structure, mainly made of wood, to collapse. Fortunately, the incident did not leave victims or injured, although the municipal administration provided humanitarian assistance to those affected.

For now, the forecast managed by IDEAM is that the intense rains will continue through the first quarter of next year and possibly into mid-2023., Caldas has several municipalities that maintain a disaster declaration due to the effects of the winter weather, such as La Dorada, Supia, Riosucio, Samaná, Norcacia, Neira, Palestrina, Marmato, Salamina, Victoria, Aguadas and Viterbo.

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