Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel today (2 April) issued the following statement on the floods in Mocoa, Colombia:
I was deeply shocked to hear of the devastation caused by a mudslide in the town of Mocoa in southern Colombia. At this time my thoughts and those of many of my fellow Germans are with the many victims of this disaster, the families of the more than 200 dead, the many injured, and those who have lost their homes. I am particularly grieved that many children are still among the missing and that we must therefore fear the worst for them.
The Colombian Government and rescue services are making huge efforts on the ground to help the people and to find the victims. They have also helped German tourists in the region. For that they deserve our express thanks and appreciation. The Federal Government is ready to provide assistance for the victims of this disaster and to stand firmly by Colombia’s side in this difficult situation. We have already contacted aid organisations to find out exactly how we can help.