Landslides in Southwest Colombia

The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens that the government of Colombia has declared a state of emergency in the department of Putumayo following landslides in Mocoa that killed over 150 people and injured hundreds more.  Heavy rainfall and the resulting flooding and landslides also knocked out power and water services.  U.S. government employees in Colombia may not travel to Putumayo without prior authorization.

U.S. citizens should consider the risks of travel to Putumayo.  U.S. citizens in the region should follow the instructions of Colombian authorities and should monitor news media.  The ability of the embassy to assist U.S. citizens in Putumayo is limited.
For further information:

See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution>, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Colombia Country Specific Information. Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

Contact the U.S. Embassy in Colombia, located at Carrera 45, # 24B-27, Bogotá, D.C., by email at acsbogota@state.gov or by telephone at +57-1 275-2000, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00  p.m. Monday through Friday.  Non-emergency services are offered by appointment.  After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +57-1 275-4021.

The Embassy operates a Consular Agency in Barranquilla, Colombia which also provides assistance to U.S. citizens.  The Barranquilla Consular Agency is located at Calle 77B No. 57-141, suite 511, tel. (575) 353-2001.  Hours are 8:00 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.  You can schedule a non-emergency service by calling the Consular Agency.

Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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