Bolivia: Floods - Apr 2000
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HORN OF AFRICA FLOODS
Unusually heavy rains during the months of October and November have turned large parts of the Horn of Africa into flood disaster areas with loss of life, massive displacement, and loss of livelihoods and assets in particularly in Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia. Accumulated estimates from the three countries put the total number of affected people between 1, 5 and 1, 8 million. Emergency response has being mounted by Governments in the affected countries, UN agencies, NGOs and other humanitarian partners.
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2000/0072
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Bolivia - Floods
Thousands of subsistence farmers in Bolivia's extreme south are facing serious food shortages after weeks of heavy rains caused floods and landslides that left them homeless and swept away their crops and farm animals. Before the rains, the area suffered a period of severe drought that reduced crops and livestock. The flooding occurred along the Bermejo and Grande rivers in the province of Tarija. The Bolivian Red Cross (BRC) with 70 local branch volunteers immediately provided first aid to families in temporary shelters and took part in the evaluation of needs.
LA PAZ, Bolivia, March 16 (Reuters) - At least 1,200 families have lost their belongings and 230 square miles (60,000 hectares) of crops have been badly damaged in floods in Bolivia's eastern district of Santa Cruz, local officials said on Thursday.
Abnormally intense and unforeseen rains caused the Pirai and Grande rivers to overflow for the past three days, covering much of the country's richest area, home to a important soybean crop.
A vast aid operation is under way, but the district government has been overwhelmed by the havoc, Santa Cruz Gov. Ramon Prada said.