Summary: The rainy season was difficult in Bolivia due to the La Niña weather phenomenon which led to serious floods in the country’s central Andean departments (Cochabamba, Oruro, and La Paz) and the Northern department of Pando. On 22 February 2012, the Bolivian government declared a State of National Emergency in these four departments due to the floods that affected 13,817 families and caused 13 deaths. The Bolivian Red Cross launched an operation that has reached 1,900 families with food parcels and kitchen sets, and 415 families with mosquito nets, jerry cans and chlorine for water purification.
The activities to prevent diseases include educational campaigns and massive clean-up actions to diminish the probabilities of dengue outbreaks. Immersed in ongoing dengue prevention activities, the National Society requested an extension of the operation’s timeframe to complete these tasks in the Cochabamba department. The operation will thus draw to a close by 15 December 2012. In line with the IFRC’s reporting standards, the final report (narrative and financial) will be issued within 90 days after the operation has concluded.