Heavy seasonal rains starting in January 2014 triggered floods and landslides in several departments across Bolivia, affecting at least 21,000 families. The Government declared a national state of emergency on 27 Jan (Gov, 27 Jan 2014).
By 20 Feb, 58,040 families in all of the country's nine departments had been affected and 56 people had died. About 36,726 hectares of crops are reported as damaged since the floods started. The most affected ones are corn and vegetable crops—the main product in the country. About 7,000 families require the provision of safe water in shelters, as well as health and hygiene promotion services. There are 100 suspected dengue cases and more than 260 confirmed; there are also suspected cases of Hantavirus. Some health centres have been affected by floods, and others have limited capacity due to communications cut-offs or restricted road access. In many areas access is possible only by river, but this is currently limited due to strong river currents. (IFRC, 20 Feb 2014)