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Chuquisaca

14.

Last week three casualties were reported in

Chuquisaca.

Poto

15.

Waves of water, that earlier caused the

critical floods in Beni, have now reached the northern part of Beni and the department of Pando. The main needs in the affected communities are for safe water and food. According to a report by ADRA, more than 100 affected families in the department, in the municipalities of Madre de Dios, San Lorenzo, Gonzalo Moreno, and communities in the banks of Rio Beni, have been assisted, with the support of the Departmental Emergency Operations Center (COE). The DCOE carried out evacuations, rehabilitation of

shelters, and distributed food, non-food medicines, and water purification filters, others.

items, among

16. In Gonzalo Moreno, houses’ conditions continue to deteriorated and there is a lack of safe drinking water. The only communities with a functioning water system are Portachuelo Alto, Medio and Bajo. Most communities report a loss of crops.

17.

Of the 32 communities in San Lorenzo, 19

have been affected by the floods. There is a need for food since the communities of San Lorenzo are located between the rivers Beni and Madre de Dios as

the road

is impassable.

conducted

from Cobija with

Assessments are small airplanes.

being

18.

In El Sena, many suspected cases of malaria

have been reported, especially in the community of Zafreras and along the rivers Manupare and Manuripi

however no official data have been confirmed.

19.

Inhabitants of the community of Valparaíso,

in the municipality of San Pedro, between the rivers Madre de Dios and Orthon, were evacuated to Riberalta (Beni) and a 100% loss of crops was reported. Some 23 families are in need of food. ADRA has therefore decided to consider Valparaíso

for its agricultural recovery program.

Bolivia floods Report No. 13 Page 3

NATIONAL RESPONSE

20. and

The tele-marathon in La Paz, Cochabamba, Santa Cruz was held on Saturday 1 March,

generating a record amount of Bs. 7.5 million (USD 1 million) for its campaign “Solidary Bolivia”. The funds will be channeled through UNICEF. UNICEF, in alliance with the BISA Financial Group and support from the media group ATB, La Razon and Extra newspapers, had organized this Telethon. In a 7 hour-long broadcast by ATB TV channel, Bolivians were called to support and donate to help those affected by the ongoing flooding emergency. The grand total of Bs.7,500,000 (approximately USD1,000,000), was collected part in cash and part in supplies. UNICEF will receive for its actions in favor

of the affected children, Bs 327,000), which will be used sanitation and education projects.

2,450,000 in water,

(USD basic

21.

On

March

4th,

an

international

expert

in

emergency has joined UNICEF to assist in water, basic sanitation, nutrition, education and protection in

the Bolivian Department of Beni.

22.

The Prefecture of Beni is providing 40 tents,

50 mosquito nets, 50 blankets and 50 food rations to

attend 50 families for 15 days. There helicopters, from Brazil and Venezuela, to aerial support.

are 2 provide

23.

In

the

northern

part

of

the

country,

the

municipality of Riberalta activated its COE, and declared a state of emergency in the municipality. The regional Civil Defense requested non-food items, food and medicines to assist 200 families; however food is not available at the moment. The Naval Base is carrying out patrols to visit affected areas and support the evacuations by river. In the health sector, hygiene campaigns and epidemiological surveillance

were carried out, and chloride in the urban area of Riberalta.

was

put

in

water

mills

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