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5 February 2014: South America – Severe Weather, Volcano

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Argentina: Heavy rainfall resulted in house collapses and a significant number of others severely affected, in the municipality of San Pedro, Buenos Aires province. The main highway Rosario-Buenos Aires was interrupted, and so were many other roads. In the next 48h, rain and thunderstorms may still affect most of the province. (ECHO,SMN)

Bolivia: Heavy rainfall and consequent floods and river overflows have affected a total of 37 600 families in all nine departments of Bolivia and killed 31 people countrywide. Worst affected are the departments of Beni, Cochabamba, La Paz and Chuquisaca.
As of 4 February, evacuations were ongoing in three municipalities in Beni and two in La Paz. Rainfall will continue affecting the country for the next 72h. (ECHO, SENAMHI)

Peru: Heavy rainfall caused river overflows, floods and landslides in southern Peru. In the department of Madre de Dios, several districts in the provinces of Tambopata, Manu and Tahuamanu have declared a State of Emergency, since 3 000 people have lost their houses to the floods. Shelters are being established, in order to continue evacuations. Heavy rainfall is forecasted to continue, which pose further risk of river overflowing. In the departments Cuzco, Puno, Apurimac and Pasco, several houses have collapsed due to landslides triggered by rain and roads have become impassable, affecting thousands of people. (ECHO, SENAMHI)

Ecuador: Tungurahua volcano continues its eruptive process, forcing the authorities to raise the Alert level to Orange for the provinces of Tungurahua and Chimborazo, on 1 February. On 4 February, the volcano emitted ash columns which reached 3km in height. On 3 February, agricultural assistance was delivered by the Ministry of Agruculture. (National Civil Protection, Local Media)