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Emergency HF Net Convened In Colombia In Wake of Landslide, Flooding:

from The ARRL Letter on November 9, 2017
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Emergency HF Net Convened In Colombia In Wake of Landslide, Flooding:

Radio amateurs in Colombia were put on Orange Alert on November 8, and an HF net activated on 7.117 kHz in the wake of an avalanche of mud and rocks the previous evening on the La Paila River in the town of Corinto. The incident at dusk killed at least five and injured dozens more. Upward of 20 people are missing after a flood of mud and debris swept through the small town some 60 kilometers southeast of Cali.

"The Emergency Network of radio amateurs in Cali and Popayan are working together at this time to keep the risk management authorities informed about injured and missing people and temporary shelters," Juan Manuel Yanguas, HK5AKN, Director and Coordinator of the Emergency Service for Liga de Radioaficionados de Ca, said on November 7. "We continue monitoring and will inform about more risks." Yanguas said the Corinto hospital had been evacuated, and a hospital facility has been set up in a camp in the city's principal park, and the population is being evacuated to higher ground. Relief agencies have evacuated the community to the village of San Rafael.

The spreading footprint of the avalanche had affected some 60 families -- about 300 people in all. A half-dozen injured were taken to the local coliseum, which was activated as a shelter, and a crisis room was installed at the Corinto Fire Department command center. -- Thanks to IARU Region 2 Emergency Coordinator Cesar Santos, HR2P; media reports


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