ACT Alliance Alert: Assistance to survivors of long lasting floods, Bolivia

Bolivia faced from January to March 2014 the worst flooding in 60 years of its history. Precipitations surpassed 1000 cc/mts2 causing overflows that exceeded all marks of levels from previous years. According to the National Service of Meteorology and Hydrology of Bolivia (SENAMHI), rains are expected to continue until late March and early April 2014. On 26 January 2014 the Government issued the Declaration of National Emergency (DS 1878), recognizing Beni, Cochabamba and Northern La Paz as the most affected departments due to the overflowing of the main rivers.

The losses registered by various reliable sources such as the Humanitarian Network of Bolivia, the Vice Ministry of Civil Defense and members of ACT in the country, confirmed the following figures: 57 persons dead, 213 hurt, 60,000 families affected, 2000 houses destroyed and 146 municipalities affected from a total of 339 (about 40% of municipalities). More than 2,609 families (over 13,000 people) were evacuated to 59 emergency shelters. An estimated of 10,000 families (50,000 people) affected are small farmers. Continue reading original article...

Source: Source: ACT Alliance - Switzerland - Mon, 17 Mar 2014 02:36 PM

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