At least 174 people are dead and 1.5 million homeless following floods in Colombia.
Riots break out at several prisons in Colombia over COVID-19 fears. Residents report explosions and gunfire inside La Modelo prison in the capital Bogotá. Inmates release a statement demanding the government allow vulnerable prisoners to be granted house arrest.
Heavy rains and flooding in Colombia cause up to $5.2 billion in damages. [http:--www.trust.org-alertnet-news-update-1-colombia-estimates-52-bln-in-rain-flood-damages (Reuters Alertnet)]date=August 2019
Colombian President Álvaro Uribe and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez almost come to blows at the Rio Group summit in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, with Uribe taunting Chávez "Be a man! … you're a coward face-to-face! Stay and argue face-to-face!" and Chávez responding with a simple "Go to Hell!" The Summit also announces the creation of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States.