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A rain that lasted more than 5 hours was the main cause for the San José de Apartadó river to overflow the night of October 28, 2019. Four people collaborating with the ICMT were affected losing their waxes due to the overflow of the current, for this reason They received help from the CES University Solidarity Fund.

After the tragedy, Dr. Luis Ernesto López Rojas, director of the ICMT made a diagnosis of those affected at our headquarters in Apartadó. Keeping the needs clear, the opportunity was found for the CES Solidarity Fund to support and deliver bonds to those affected. Additionally, they were also linked with financial support so that the Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics (MVZ) team that traveled, had the supplies and medicines necessary for the care of the affected animals.”Said Tatiana Molina Velásquez, head of the CES University Sustainability Office.

The animals of the municipality of Apartadó were also affected by the natural disaster, for this reason two veterinarians and a student from MVZ went to the areas of the neighborhoods San Fernando, El Concejo, Las Brisas, Primero de Mayo, Alfonso López, El Ortiz, La Esperanza among others, to assist the more than 300 animals that were sick or injured by the overflowing of the river.

Diego Zuluaga Araque, a teacher at MVZ, was one of the veterinarians who went to Apartadó and said that “The idea was to make an assessment of the damage caused by the overflow of the Apartadó River and to assess the animals that were affected. The population of dogs and cats was not estimated, but an average of 300 animals had been brought to the 3 shelters that are managed”.

Pneumonia and lacerations on their bodies were the most common ailments of affected animals that were treated by veterinarians and zootechnicians CES.

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