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125-mile area evacuated after EPM loses control over Colombia’s largest dam

Staff Writer | May 18, 2018
Authorities in northern Colombia ordered the evacuation of 12 towns located downstream the Hidroituango electric dam after energy company EPM lost control of its construction.
Colombia dam
America   More than 100,000 people live in the area
The scale of the emergency is impossible to calculate. Local authorities reported that 5,000 people were evacuated amid fears of an imminent flood, Colombia Reports reported.

However, more than 100,000 people live in the area where locals were evacuated.

EPM, Medellin Mayor Federico Gutierrez and Antioquia Governor Luis Perez have downplayed the unfolding crisis for weeks.

Dozens of rural communities between the dam and wetlands located 125 miles downstream are at imminent risk of floods after EPM was forced to abandon the project.

The inhabitants of villages that could be flooded were given shelter in sports facilities away from the Cauca river where the HidroItuango dam was under construction.

Video from the now-abandoned dam project show workers running from immense waves.