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Situation Report 13 – BOLIVIA –FLOODS – 7 March 2008

This situation report is based on information received from the Office of the Resident Coordinator, UN Agencies, the Bolivian Government, the UN Emergency Technical Team (UNETT) in Bolivia and OCHA Regional Office in Panama.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The floods have affected some 78,988 families and claimed so far 63 lives.

  • The situation in Santa Cruz and Beni departments remain critical.

  • Main needs are for food, safe drinking water and health support.

SITUATION OVERVIEW

3.

In the Santa Cruz department, the Rio Pirai

1.

On 3 March, the official number of affected

families due to the floods resulting from the “La Niña” phenomenon was 78,988, while a total number

of 63 personas have died since November.

No. affected families February 2008

Total no. affected families since Nov 2007

3.084 268 346 12.810 0 1.240 649 20.140 630

10.909 9.605 1.211 20.180 766 9.180 5.655 20.809 673

39,167

78, 988

Department

La Paz Cochabamba Oruro Santa Cruz Tarija Chuquisaca Potosí Beni

Pando Total

have damaged crops in the high valleys.

been raining uninterruptedly in San Ignacio de Moxos and San Borja between 1 and 2 March. The intense rainfall caused the flooding of houses in both cities and many families had to seek shelter in temporary camps. In Potosi and Chuquisaca, hail and ice storms

2.

According to the Prefecture of Beni, it has

and Rio Grande are threatening municipalities and communities located near those rivers. In the city of Santa Cruz, various neighborhoods have been flooded. The Rio Grande registered a water level of 4,25 meters, compared to its normal 2 meters. Several communities were declared in a state of emergency and at risk of evacuation, including: Pailon, Puerto Ibanez, Universidad, Puerto Nuevo, Puerto Perez, Guadalupe, Puerto Pacay, Puerto Cespedes, 19 de Agosto, San Martin, Limoncito, Fortin Libertad and Villa Primavera. At the same time, the increase of water levels in the three river basins of Pirai keeps

the area of La Guardia under maximum alert.

4.

The

sanitary

situation

in

Santa

Cruz

is

improving, and the number of people affected by

diseases in flooded areas is decreasing.

5.

On 4 March, the Flash Appeal was launched

at the Ministry of Development Planning by the Bolivian Government and the UN System in Bolivia.

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