From the second week of January 2012, the rainy season in Bolivia intensified significantly as result of the La Niña weather phenomenon. A month later, 121 municipalities across the country were affected by overflowed rivers, landslides, hailstorms and widespread flooding. Damages to the road network resulted in many communities also suffering a shortage of essential supplies. The intense weather also affected atypical areas. On 22 Feb, the government declared a State of National Emergency for the departments of Cochabamba, Pando, Oruro and La Paz. Overall, 13,817 families were affected and 13 deaths confirmed. The situation was aggravated by the dengue outbreak. By the end of April, the situation had stabilized with the discontinuation of rains. (IFRC, 14 Jun 2012)
Appeal target (current): 503,659 Swiss francs
Appeal coverage: 51 per cent;
This Emergency Appeal was launched on 14 March 2012 for 503,659 Swiss francs to assist 2,000 families (10,000 beneficiaries) for 6 months.
Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): 116,138 Swiss francs were initially allocated from the Federation’s DREF to support the Bolivian Red Cross (BRC) to respond.
• The Commission's Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Department, ECHO, has supported South America for the last two decades, providing funds to assist the people most affected by disasters in the region: earthquakes, floods, landslides, droughts, cold waves, volcanic eruptions and epidemics.
Summary: The rainy season was difficult in Bolivia due to the La Niña weather phenomenon which led to serious floods in the country’s central Andean departments (Cochabamba, Oruro, and La Paz) and the Northern department of Pando. On 22 February 2012, the Bolivian government declared a State of National Emergency in these four departments due to the floods that affected 13,817 families and caused 13 deaths.
La Paz, 5 dic (ABI).- El Viceministro de Defensa Civil, Oscar Cabrera, entregó el miércoles en el municipio de Pucarani 2 toneladas de semilla, como parte del proceso de recuperación agrícola que fue afectada por inundaciones y granizadas en el primer semestre de 2012.
· This Emergency Appeal was launched on 14 March 2012 for 503,659 CHF to assist 2,000 families (10,000 beneficiaries) for 6 months.
· Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): 116,138 Swiss francs were initially allocated from the Federation’s DREF to support the Bolivian Red Cross (BRC) to respond.
· An operation update was published on 14 June 2012.
· With the current update, the operation timeframe of implementation will be extended until 15 December 2012.
This report covers the period 01 January 2012 to 30 June 2012
During the first half of 2012, the regional representation for the Andean countries (regional representation) has worked closely with the Bolivian Red Cross (BRC) to strengthen its capacities in disaster management, health and care, and organizational development. In line with Strategy 2020, the National Society continues to increase its capacities to better fulfil its mandate.
Latin America and the Caribbean continue to be affected by flood related events in this reporting period. Floods in 11 countries affected more than 1.7 million people and killed 171. Brazil, Colombia and Peru had the highest number of affected people.
Authorities in Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala and Mexico activated contingency plans and intensified monitoring of volcanic activity in their countries.
Low temperatures affected Corrientes Province in Argentina and the Andean highlands in Peru. Local authorities are assisting affected people.
COLOMBIA: Volcán Nevado del Ruiz retornó a su nivel de alerta Naranja.
ARGENTINA: Gobierno provincial de Corrientes decretó emergencia agropecuaria por heladas.
PARAGUAY: Se despliega un equipo UNDAC para dar apoyo en las evaluaciones ante las inundaciones.
COLOMBIA: Volcano Nevado del Ruiz brief increase in activity.
ARGENTINA: Provincial Government of Corrientes issued an agricultural emergency due to cold weather.
PARAGUAY: An UNDAC team was deployed to support assessments in areas affected by floods.
By Franz Chávez
LA PAZ, Jun 29 2012 (IPS) - The effects of climate change are causing hundreds of millions of dollars a year in losses of crops, livestock and housing in Bolivia. But the few climate change adaptation and prevention policies adopted by the authorities are piecemeal and fragmented, experts say.
In the June 2011 to May 2012 agricultural season, 0.3 percent (21,000 hectares) of the country’s farmland suffered flooding, hail or drought, according to the Ministry of Rural Development’s contingency unit.
Summary: In early 2012, Bolivia experienced a severe rainy season that affected almost 14,000 families and prompted the government to declare a State of National Emergency on 22 February.
Producto de las intensas lluvias que en enero y febrero azotaron el valle central y bajo de Cochabamba, cientos de familias quedaron desprovistas de sus principales medios de subsistencia, manifestó el Presidente de Cruz Roja Boliviana Abel Peña y Lillo a tiempo de señalar que la institución ha programado para el sábado 26 de mayo –en Quillacolo, Cochabamba- un operativo de ayuda para 500 familias afectadas por las inundaciones.
23/05/2012 - The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) has just released €5 million to assist people affected by severe flooding in South America, particularly in Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil.
An estimated 1.2 million people have been affected by heavy rains and flooding throughout the region. Hundreds of thousands of farmers lost their crops, and many families have been forced to flee their homes due to the high water and landslides. Entire areas are still submerged under water.
Since late January to date, heavy rains, floods, overflowing rivers, mudslides, hailstorms and snowfalls are affecting several countries of South America, most affected being Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay and Brazil. The Pacific coast and the Andean highlands have suffered from exceptionally high levels of rain, while Amazonian plains are mainly flooded by water flowing from the Andes. To date, more than 1.2 million people are affected.
14/Mayo 2012: En el marco del Plan Nacional de Contingencia por la presencia de inundaciones, desbordes y riadas debido al fenómeno “La Niña” 2011-2012, aprobado en Diciembre pasado, el Viceministerio de Defensa Civil en coordinación con representantes de Gobernaciones y Municipios afectados han desarrollado acciones de respuesta para la atención de más de 25 Mil familias con asistencia humanitaria y otras necesidades.
REPUBLICA DOMINICANA: Evacuan a 11,150 personas en area norte del pais por inundaciones.
HAITI: Seis muertos y 10,000 afectados por las lluvias en Haiti
BOLIVIA: El fenomeno La Nina ha dejado unas 259,000 damnificados.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Some 11,150 people evacuated in the north due to floods.
HAITI: Rains cause 6 deaths and affect 10,000 people.
BOLIVIA: La Nina affects more than 259,000 people.
La ayuda humanitaria beneficiará a 900 familias vulnerables de las provincinas de Chipaya, Choro, Toledo y Soracachi
Enrique Jair Guevara
Enrique Jair Guevara Communications Officer Americas Zone Office The meteorological phenomenon known as La Niña, which brought first droughts to Paraguay, is causing problems in other parts of the region. Heavy rain fall over the past four months continues to cause severe flooding and landslides in several countries in South America, affecting Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay and Peru.