Colombian town of Necocli, collapsed by migration crisis

The mayor has assured the media that it is "the worst crisis in the history" of his municipality because thousands of migrants have not been able to buy tickets to continue their journey to Panama.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Colombian municipality of Necoclí, which is part of Antioquia province and a short boat ride away from Panama, has collapsed by a recent unprecedented migratory crisis, with some 9,000 people seeking to reach Panama on their way to North America.

The mayor of this town of some 40,000 inhabitants, José Augusto Tobón, decreed a public calamity and asked the National Government for help in a situation that exceeds the capacities of the local authorities.

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