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INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE

24. The European Union announced the concession of a support line of USD 3 million to assist the victims of the floods caused by the effects of La Niña in Bolivia. With this support, the installation of temporary shelters, the distribution of drinking water, the installation of medical and psychological service points and the distribution of food, cooking and hygiene products, is expected to benefit 22,000 families, or approximately 110.000 persons.

25.

NGOs,

The Government, together

is

organizing

assessments

with WFP and in the northern

regions of Riberalta and Guayaramerín; in the affected areas of Pando where floods have been reported; as well as tin he Chaco region of Santa Cruz, Chuquisaca and Tarija where drought has been

reported. The assessment will provide information the food security situation in those regions.

on

26.

In Cochabamba, indigenous groups “yukis”

and “yuracarés” joined the regular COE meeting, where they were informed about the joint WFP and UNICEF assessment to be undertaken in the coming weeks to verify their needs. UNICEF will assess the education needs and WFP will evaluate the food needs. WFP has distributed 6.7 MT of food to 9

communities in Entre programmed distribution due to roads damage.

Rios municipality. The to Sinahota was suspended

27.

In Beni, the WFP Representative visited the

city of Trinidad to accompany the distribution of 1.7 MT (40 rations) of food to shelters in San Ignacio de Moxos. A helicopter from the Venezuelan Air Forces airlifted this shipment. On 3 March, a 74 MT food shipment for 1,720 families of Santa Ana de Yacuma was loaded in a boat of Bolivian Navy Forces. In addition, the WFP Representative held meetings with regional authorities and the Prefect and has visited

shelters in Trinidad city.

28. WFP

The expected Switzerland contribution for the EMOP 10616.0 has been confirmed and

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amounts to USD 458,715. A contribution from ECHO of USD 399,409 is also expected. The confirmation of a German contribution is pending. So far, a total of USD 2.15 million have been either confirmed or anticipated for the current EMOP, resulting in a shortfall of USD 1.25 million.

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