Bolivia: Floods - Jan 2010
The normal rainy season in Bolivia, which began in September 2009, was exacerbated by the El Niño
phenomenon. Increased precipitation led to floods and mudslides which caused 26 deaths and affected 45,572 families. These heavy rains, flooding and mudslides, according to the Vice-Ministry of Civil Defence, additionally affected 7,000 hectares of crops and 14,000 animals.
The Bolivian government declared a national emergency in January 2010. The National Council for Disaster Reduction and Response (CONRADE) activated the municipal and departmental Emergency Operations Centres (EOC) and the Ministry of Health and Sports (MSD), together with the Departmental Health Services (SEDES), coordinated field missions and response operations.
Heavy rains caused major flooding in the departments of Beni, Chuquisaca, Cochabamba, La Paz and Santa Cruz. Red alerts due to increased river levels and flooding were issued in the areas surrounding the Chapare, Chimore, Ichilo and Sajta rivers in Cochabamba department, the Grande river in the Santa Cruz department, the Ibare and Mamore rivers in Beni department and the Bolivar, Chapare, Chimore, Eterazama, La Paz and Sajta rivers in La Paz department. Lower levels of affectation were registered in the departments of Oruro, Potosí and Tarija. (IFRC, 27 August 2010)
The CERF has become a significant resource for natural disaster response and has been called upon frequently since its inception in 2006. The CERF was the largest humanitarian donor to Bolivia in 2010 and is the second largest to date in 2011. Although relations between humanitarian actors in the government, UN and INGOs are relatively open, the broader political context and the nature of funding flows mean that, in the event of a natural disaster, there is no single, jointly constructed response plan to which the CERF contributes.
(12/I/ 2011) El Viceministerio de Defensa Civil a través de la oficina de monitoreo SALA 24/SINAGER, en uno de sus anteriores reportes informó sobre la torrencial lluvia ocurrida en La Paz la pasada semana, que provocó el desborde del río Kapaña, que desciende desde el cerro Yanari, una mazamorra de lodo y piedras,...
Cereals prices have been rising in recent months and are much higher than international prices.
The country has been affected by widespread drought and fires which have severely impacted on food security conditions.
According to international agencies the country is faced with a worrying food security situation and thousands of people are in need of food assistance.
The Government has lifted its export ban on maize.
(La Paz, 28 de diciembre de 2010). La Comisión Europea otorgó una ayuda humanitaria de 200.000 euros (1.8 millones de bolivianos) para atender las necesidades inmediatas de las víctimas de los deslizamientos en La Paz.
In the Americas, traditional cooperation funds appear to be diminishing under the rationale that the continent has positive economic indicators. However, as the United Nations Development Programme's Human Development Report 2010 clearly demonstrates, inequality particularly in health, education and income reduces the positive performance in Latin America and the Caribbean by one-fourth with Haiti, Bolivia, Guatemala, Peru, and Panama showing the most substantial inequalities.
Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in Latin America and faces social, economic and political issues which exacerbate the vulnerabilities of poor and marginalized communities. The multiple challenges in the country pose a significant humanitarian challenge to the National Society in terms of responding to the needs of the most vulnerable. The Bolivian Red Cross focuses its work on disaster response, health services, the promotion of humanitarian principles and values, and the development of communityintegrated programmes.
New Report Puts Climate Change in Graphic Detail for Latin America and the Caribbean
Vital Climate Change Graphics shows impact of changing conditions and possibilities for climate action
Cancun (Mexico), 6 December 2010 - The climate change challenges facing Latin America and the Caribbean have been laid out in graphic detail in a new publication by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
This report covers the period from 01 January 2010 to 30 June 2010
Programme purpose: Support the five National Societies in the Andean Region, ensuring closer work with the National Societies, to effectively implement the Inter-American Plan 2007-2011.
Programme summary: During the first half of 2010, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies' (IFRC) Regional Representation for the Andean Region provided tailored support to the National Societies of the region to create and implement actions, based on the country support plans, in the areas of Disaster …
Summary: 146,723 Swiss francs (137,604 US dollars or 99,995 euro) was allocated from the International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Bolivian Red Cross (BRC) in delivering assistance to some 1,500 families (7,500 people) in the communities in the departments of Cochabamba and La Paz.
The Bolivian Red Cross with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (International Federation) addressed the needs of 1,560 families in the departments of Cochabamba and La Paz.
- CENTRAL AMERICA: Heavy rains caused damages and destruction in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Panama.
- SOUTH AMERICA: Deaths and increased number of respiratory infections due to extreme cold weather.
- PERU: Bubonic plague is a matter of concern in the country.
Lunes, 09 de Agosto de 2010 17:06 | |
, informó a Enlared-Onda Local la responsable de Prevención y Emergencia de la administración departamental, Fidelia Quiuchaca.
Quiuchaca aclaró, sin embargo, que si bien existen las resoluciones que declaran la emergencia municipal, éstas deben ser completadas con el respectivo informe técnico:
"Tenemos 19 resoluciones de los municipios de La Paz donde resuelven estado de emergencia por desastre y riesgo ambiental, depende del lugar.
This report covers the period 1 January 2010 to 30 June 2010.
Programme outcome: To increase the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society (IFRC) capacity to assist National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies reduce the number of deaths, injuries and the impact of disasters through the timely and adequate financial support for disaster response from the DREF.
Programme(s) summary: At 30 June 2010, IFRC had made 73 allocations from the DREF to support 67 different operations for a total of 11,285,280 Swiss francs bringing assistance to over …
By Franz Chávez
TRINIDAD, Bolivia, Jul 7, 2010 (IPS) - An early warning system to alert people living in the lowlands of the northern Bolivian department of Beni about imminent flooding of the mighty Mamoré and Ibare rivers is saving lives, food and goods, and overcoming the uncertainty that led to enormous losses in the past.
"La gateadora (the crawling flood) is the most dangerous because it is relentless, and rises stealthily," César Cortez, an experienced 72-year-old farmer, told IPS as he relaxed in the dry season in the main square of San Pedro Nuevo, 56 …
- Cereal prices in major markets have shown a declining trend but local cereal prices are still much higher than international prices.
- Food security of many families has been affected by the El Niño phenomenon which caused heavy rains and floods.
- There is consensus among concerned agencies on a serious hunger problem in the long term.
- The government has implemented temporary trade measures to maintain low prices and guarantee domestic food supply.
The distribution of medicine and medical supplies, which arrived in Bolivia in late April, can now begin to relieve some of the suffering for flood victims in the country.
On May 12, 2010, the Minister of Health of Bolivia, Nilda Heredia, accepted the donated shipment from HPIC at an event at the offices of PAI - Ministry of Health and Sports of Bolivia in la Paz. During her speech she said, "HPIC's commitment to the people of Bolivia is clear.
Jueves, 27 de Mayo de 2010 12:32 | |
El director de Gestión de Riesgos del Servicio Departamental de Agricultura y Ganadería de la prefectura de Potosí, Jhonny Callapino informó a Enlared-Onda Local que desde principios de mayo, Defensa Civil comenzó con la asistencia a las familias afectadas por las riadas, granizadas y sequías, con la dotación de carpas, alimentos y vituallas.
"Continuamos con la asistencia, la anterior semana asistimos a las familias de los municipios de Llallagua y Pocoata, esta semana Ravelo", explicó.
Una vez que concluya la etapa de atención de la …
MONTREAL - (May 10, 2010) - An emergency shipment of donated medicines and medical supplies arrived in La Paz, Bolivia in late April to help victims of the annual flooding.
"There are major floods and landslides every spring in several parts of the country and we have been working with the Bolivian Ministry of Health to plan a response," said Glen Shepherd, President of Health Partners International of Canada (HPIC).
FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT
- Heavy precipitation are causing floods and damages in western departments and Oriental lowlands
- Satellite images indicate good growing conditions of crops in major farming areas
- High yellow maize prices affect performance of poultry sector
Heavy rainfall affect mainly Oriental lowlands and La Paz department
Since the beginning of the rainy season in November, heavy precipitations in the highlands have caused flooding in western departments and in Oriental lowlands.