The Colombian government has extended for another 20 days the state of emergency it declared following the floods that battered the country in past weeks. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos explained that the decision was taken in light of continuing rains, as well as the “very grave” situation in several places around the country, Reuters reports. The rains and subsequent flooding have caused approximately USD5.2 million worth of damages and the government is planning to raise funds for reconstruction and relief by modifying certain taxes and selling government shares in firms, the news agency says.

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      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.