Colombian mudslide disaster

Tuesday's World Events - April 4, 2017


NOTE: See map and videos under "Background" and "Resources" below the questions.

1. List the following information for Colombia: (see the CIA World FactBook website for answers)
a) capital
b) location/the countries that share its borders:
c) the religious breakdown of the population:
d) the type of government:
e) the chief of state (and head of government if different):
f) the population:

2. a) Where is Mocoa? - What is the population of this city?
b) How many residents were killed in the avalanche of mud and water that flowed through the city Saturday night?

3. In addition to the hundreds killed and injured, what other damage did the mudslides cause? Be specific.

4. What led to the landslide, according to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) landslide scientist Jonathan Godt?

5. a) Why was the damage so great, according to Jeff Masters, director of meteorology for Weather Underground?
b) What is your reaction to this information?

6. How does USGS scientist Jonathan Godt explain this natural occurrence?