Until late 2010 Gramalote was a pleasant town in eastern Colombia, close to the border with Venezuela that had been there for a century-and-a-half.

 

About 6000 people live a peaceful life in a country but, on 17 December 2010 the town was swallowed up by the earth. Landslides caused by heavy rainfall left almost no houses standing. The whole region was ravaged by violent storms and flooding, leaving many thousands homeless.

 

Residents of Gramalote, driven out by this natural disaster, now live in temporary housing in the area, or with other family members in nearby villages and towns.

 

This story is part of Via Panam, Kadir van Lohuizen’s project about migration in the Americas.

 

Via Panam, migration in the America's, Colombia
Via Panam, migration in the America's, Colombia
Via Panam, migration in the America's, Colombia
Via Panam, migration in the America's, Colombia
Via Panam, migration in the America's, Colombia
Via Panam, migration in the America's, Colombia
Via Panam, migration in the America's, Colombia
Via Panam, migration in the America's, Colombia
Via Panam, migration in the America's, Colombia
Via Panam, migration in the America's, Colombia
Via Panam, migration in the America's, Colombia
Via Panam, migration in the America's, Colombia
Via Panam, migration in the America's, Colombia
Via Panam, migration in the America's, Colombia
Via Panam, migration in the America's, Colombia
Via Panam, migration in the America's, Colombia
Via Panam, migration in the America's, Colombia
Via Panam, migration in the America's, Colombia
Via Panam, migration in the America's, Colombia
Via Panam, migration in the America's, Colombia
Via Panam, migration in the America's, Colombia