Colombian President Announces Aid for Island of Providencia After Hurricane Iota Devastation

The Colombian government began humanitarian aid efforts on Wednesday, November 18, for the island of Providencia after Hurricane Iota devastated areas of the Archipelago of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina.

Iota destroyed Providencia’s infrastructure and left at least two people dead and one missing, President of Colombia Iván Duque Márquez said in a tweet on Tuesday.

On the same day, Márquez announced the delivery of aid for Providencia with a planned arrival of 191 troops from the Public Force of Costa Rica along with medical personnel. More than 112 people, six of them injured, were evacuated.

The National Hurricane Center’s latest advisory as of 9.40 am on Wednesday reported on Iota’s dissipation over Central America as threats of heavy rain continued. Credit: Iván Duque Márquez via Storyful