This should be the end of Colombia’s wet season, but the rains haven’t stopped yet.
With the ground already saturated, the rivers are now overflowing, including the mighty Magdalena River. This is the principal river of Colombia, which extends across the entire length of the country, a distance of over 1,500km.
Many parts of northern and central Colombia have already been hit by flooding in the past few weeks, and the situation isn’t getting any better yet.
Colombia usually sees two rainy seasons each year, one running between March and May, and the other from September to December. The second rainy season should therefore be over, but it certainly hasn’t stopped raining yet.
Even before the rainy season started, there were already concerns that the rains would be heavier than usual. The concerns grew after the return of La Nina, a natural phenomenon which affects the weather across the globe.
Certainly La Nina has had a profound impact on the weather in Colombia in the last 12 months. The rain that started last year, continued straight through the normally dry period between December to March, and merged with the following rainy season which continues until May.
The real concern is that the current wet season could also be extended, and devastation seen earlier in the year could be repeated.