Bolivia: Floods DREF operation n° MDRBO008

CHF 299,846 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Bolivian Red Cross in delivering immediate assistance to some 10,000 beneficiaries.

Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: Since January 2013, the rainy season in Bolivia intensified, causing several floods, hail storms, frosts, and overflowing rivers. Over 21,200 families have been affected in 67 municipalities from eight of the nine departments of the country.

In its auxiliary role to the government, the Bolivian Red Cross will support affected families from the departments of Potosí and Chuquisaca. The DREF operation will provide immediate assistance to families that had seen their livelihoods severely affected as result of the emergency and reduce the risk of irreversible coping strategies, such as emigration and selling of working tools and farming animals. The proposed plan of action will assist 2,000 families with food parcels, and 600 families with seeds, fertilizers and technical assistance.

This operation is expected to be implemented over four months, and will therefore be completed by 12 July, 2013; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 12 October, 2013).