193,101 CHF has been allocated from the IFRC Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Bolivian Red Cross on the delivery of immediate assistance for up to 5,000 people. Un-earmarked funds to repay the DREF are encouraged.
The Bolivian Red Cross, supported with DREF funds, has been addressing and meeting the humanitarian needs of 1,000 families (5,000 people) in the departments of Pando and La Paz. So far, the National Society has conducted field assessments and coordinated with community and local authorities to provide assistance. To date, 1,000 food kits, 1,000 mosquito nets and 500 hygiene kits have been distributed to communities in affected municipalities in Pando and La Paz. Moreover, the BRC has also been conducting community-based activities.
Floods in Bolivia have affected nine departments in the country, causing damage to housing, livelihoods and water and sanitation in 120 municipalities and affecting 185,120 people (37,024 families); a total of 39 people are reported dead and 6 are missing. VIDECI has been addressing the main humanitarian needs.
The operation has been extended for one month in order to continue community-based actions and the distribution of seeds to the affected population.
On behalf of the National Society, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) would like to extend thanks to the Canadian Red Cross Society and the government of Canada, Belgian Red Cross and the government of Belgium and the Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid (DG ECHO) for their generous contributions to replenish the allocation made to this operation. The major donors and partners of DREF include the Australian, American and Belgian governments, the Austrian Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross Society and government, Danish Red Cross and government, the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), the Irish and the Italian governments, the Japanese Red Cross Society, the Luxembourg government, the Monaco Red Cross and government, the Netherlands Red Cross and government, the Norwegian Red Cross and government, the Spanish Government, the Swedish Red Cross and government, the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), the Medtronic and Z Zurich Foundations, and other corporate and private donors. The IFRC, on behalf of the national society, would like to extend thanks to all for their generous contributions.