The Advisory Office for Disaster Risk Management of Cartagena (OAGRD) released a report based on the latest climate prediction bulletin from IDEAM, where it is expected to continue raining in the city until November, despite the consolidation of the Phenomenon.
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Although the IDEAM report predicts a low threat in most of the continental area of the Caribbean region, moderate rains are expected in Cartagena, so the rains will be with us, even if in a below average compared to historical levels. .
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Regarding temperatures, highs are expected to be above normal in most of the region, with anomalies up to 1.0 °C. “This warm condition for a few days is favorable for causing strong electrical storms and strong winds if there is a usual rain during this period, so we must remain alert and attentive,” explained Fernando Abello, head of OAGRD.
Likewise, IDEAM suggests to note the transition towards a rainy season that consolidates between October and November in some subregions of the country, including the Caribbean region. “Last year, with the La Niña phenomenon, we gathered rain in September of more than 250 mm, according to the climate forecast, we may be a little below the levels,” said Abello.
In August 2022, in Cartagena there was accumulated rainfall in the order of 260 mm, almost higher than August 2023. However, the effects this year are much smaller, thanks in large part to the mitigation actions taken in the District. prevention work led by OAGRD.
Likewise, and with all the entities of the District Risk Management Council, the OAGRD continues to be active in the Contingency Plan for the Rain and Hurricane Season, implementing regular actions to monitor the roles and responsibilities of all entities. which implements part of the Risk Council.
Recommendations for rainy season according to OAGRD
• Know your surroundings: research and understand specific threats in your area, such as flooding and landslides, and learn about evacuation routes
• Create an emergency plan with your family and community, including meeting points and emergency contacts. Practice emergency evacuations in case of flooding.
• Check if your property is in a dangerous area and consider getting proper insurance.
• Perform regular maintenance to prevent blockages in water channels and sewers.
• Planting appropriate crops in areas prone to erosion to stabilize the soil.
• Avoid building in high-risk areas: If you are planning to build a new house, make it legal and check with the authorities to avoid high-risk areas.
• Following instructions from local authorities during emergencies and participating in preparedness exercises
• Secure the roof and structures of your home well, thus better preparing it to face extreme climate and strong winds.
• Never, for any reason, throw garbage into the streets, drains and pipes.