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Situation Report 13 – BOLIVIA –FLOODS – 7 March 2008 - page 2 / 6





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Situation per Department

Beni 6.

President Evo Morales visited the Trinidad

area by helicopter and identified the area of Casarabe as a possible terrain to relocate the flooded neighborhoods located outside the ring dyke of the

city of Trinidad.


The rains of last weekend resulted in the

tapping of the drainage system of San Borja and San Ignacio de Moxos. The Prefecture provides food and support for San Borja, where approximately 160 mm of rain was registered. Although the river Maniqui didn’t overflow, according to the Prefecture, the rainfall could lead to another wave of water. Some 70% of the streets in San Borja were flooded, and various houses are under water. The situation in San Ignacio de Moxos is similar to San Borja, with affected families in the urban area. The Prefecture announced it would provide tents, blankets and

mosquito nets for approximately 80 families.


In Geneshuaya, one of the worst affected

communities, the floods had greater impact than last year. Traffic has been blocked for the last 3 days. There is an urgent need for food, medicines and mosquito nets. PROSALUD of Riberalta donated a

small supply of medicines.


In the area of Riberalta, the main city in the

southern boarder of the Pando department, 21 communities were affected, mostly along the Beni river and peri-urban areas. Oxfam is assisting part of the affected families, however food and health

support is needed.


In Reyes, 14 communities were affected along

the Beni river, while 9 more affected communities are difficult to reach via the Rio Biata. Needs in those communities are the largest, especially in Trirunfo,

Salsipuedes and Palma Flor.


The Municipal COE of Riberalta was

activated. Growing rivers have generated floods that damaged 65% of the roads and houses, and several families had to be evacuated avoid isolation. In the urban area of the municipality, there are several

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neighborhoods at risk of being flooded, including La Cruz, San José, El Molino, 18 de Noviembre, and Barrio Industrial. In those areas, 240 families have been affected, 10 families have been evacuated and another 24 families will be evacuated to a temporary shelter that is being set up. The evacuation of 50 more families is expected, as water levels may rise further. Safe drinking water in the urban areas is at risk since the high water levels have put the system of water mills under pressure, mixing clean water with sewage. According to the Health Network, the water is unsafe for consumption. Locations for temporary shelters have been identified and will be installed with support of Oxfam. According to an evaluation by the municipality, food is needed for 240 families in the urban area. In the rural area, 39 families have been evacuated and 262 families have been affected. There is a need for logistical support to mobilize Search and Rescue Teams, including gasoline.

Santa Cruz

12. River

According watershed

to a report authority),

by SEARPI (the Piraí hydrometric stations

reached maximum levels. In the case of the Bermejo station, water levels climbed from 2.9 metres to 4.2 metres, while the normal water level is 2 metres. This situation puts at risk the inhabitants of El Torno, La Guardia, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Warnes, Colpa Belgica, Portachuelo, Montero and San Pedro. According to the Municipal Emergency Operations Center, between 27 and 28 February, 107 liters of rainfall per m2 flooded up to a meter the neighborhoods outside the fourth ring, including Cruz del Sur and Metalmec, in the northern part of the city.

La Paz

13. According to an IOM mission to camps in the department, there are 8 camps sheltering 106 families in the areas of Llojeta, Ciudad Ferroviaria, Obispo Bosque, Hampaturi, Chinchaya and Kupini. In the health sector, medicines are needed to attend children and adults with colds and infections. IOM will meet the needs for hygiene kits, cooking kits, and family kits for all 106 families. However, there is a need for food and health support.

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