More than half of Colombia's roads damaged

More than half of Colombia's road infrastructure has been severely damaged by this year's devastating rainy season, officials said.

Almost 1,000 miles of Colombia's 1,700 miles of national road network has been seriously damaged or otherwise affected by mudslides and flooding.

Diana Maria Vargas, head of the Prevention and Attention Office of the country's National Roads Institute, said emergency funding is in place to help repair 98 bridges and nearly 17,000 miles of tertiary roads.

Vargas expects the road network to be fully operational by the end of the year.

This year's rainy season is one of the worst in the history of the country, claiming the lives of 93 people and affecting more than 2.8 million Colombians.

Berny Polanía

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