According to the Deputy Minister for Infrastructure, Manuel Felipe Gutiérrez, they are 21 critical points by landslides on the road Bogotá – Villavicencio. The climatic conditions of the last hours have increased the number of affected areas.
"The downpour that fell yesterday (Sunday 26) is atypical, had not happened in the last 25 years and caused various avalanches, situation that has been added to the deforestation presented by sowing crops in the high part of the mountain ", the junior minister indicated.
The authorities have indicated that they are about 26 thousand cubic meters between mud and stone that fell on the tracks and must be removed. "Unfortunately, the avalanche caused the loss of some houses, people managed to come safely and have moved," said Deputy Minister Gutiérrez.
Engineer Fernando Carrillo de Coviandes said that on Monday 27 August the road will not be reopened.
"The first reason why it is not reopened is that the road still has a large amount of material that could not be removed at kilometers 64 + 200, the second reason is that it has not been able to remove the material in others. away ".
Authorities announce measures in the short and long term
According to the Vice-President of the National Infrastructure Agency, Carlos García, The national government will begin definitive works that ensure that the problems are solved lead the way.
"The definitive solution is there the extension of the false tunnel located at kilometer 64 +200 so that future situations can be addressed by this type of structure which have produced very good results in the past. "
It will also be done an evaluation of each of the critical points to determine what the work should be to make solving these problems of instability possible, Garcia said.
They request intervention from civil aviation to increase the frequency of air routes
the Governor of Meta, Marcela Amaya, the authorities have asked for an emergency plan by air. "We do not know when the road can be openso we have to have airlines that arrive with flights more often in our department and that ticket prices are affordable to the community of Meta's department, "the president said.
Given this request, Civil Aeronautics revealed that they will be running a connectivity table on Tuesday "To see what other solutions can be given by air, for now Avianca has announced new flights".
The losses are millions for Meta's department
According to the figures given by the department governor, economically speaking losses amount to 53 billion pesos a day, after four months of the winter wave. According to the president, the most affected sectors are "tourism, agriculture and livestock farming, hydrocarbon transport and construction".
Moreover, he reminded the national government that this road corridor connects seven departments of the country: "Because it is not the Bogota route – Villavicencio, it is the road that connects the Orinoquia with the center of the country, we are seven affected departments: Casanare, Meta, Arauca, Vichada, Guainía, Vaupés and GuaviareThat is why this road corridor is so important. "
The president also pointed out that they require almost 100 billion pesos to get 10 critical points that have been identified.
The ANI announced the search for means for the road
the Vice President of the National Infrastructure Agency, Carlos García, He noted that the search for resources has begun. According to the official, funds will be drawn from an emergency fund to find definitive solutions.
"There are two unforeseen funds, one of them is in the order of 93 billion pesosand there is another fund for critical sites that is in the right order 62 billion pesos. It is necessary, according to the concession contract, to review the possibility of use these resources to attend these atypical events".