Bolivia

Bolivia - Floods Fact Sheet #3, Fiscal Year (FY) 2007

Attachments

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)

NOTE: The last fact sheet was dated March 5, 2007.

KEY DEVELOPMENTS

USAID/OFDA is providing two U.N. World Health Organization (WHO) standard medical kits to affected populations in Bolivia. Each kit contains medical supplies and equipment to treat approximately 10,000 people for three months. The kits are en route to Bolivia and scheduled to arrive by March 14. Local health organizations will deliver the medical kits.

NUMBERS AT A GLANCE SOURCE

Total Affected Population 396,930 GOB1 - March 7, 2007

Deaths 51 GOB - March 7, 2007

Internally Displaced Persons 25,000 OCHA2 - February 28, 2007

FY 2007 USAID HUMANITARIAN FUNDING PROVIDED TO DATE

USAID/OFDA Assistance for Bolivia Floods: $846,541

USAID/Bolivia Assistance for Bolivia Floods: $213,640

Total USAID Humanitarian Assistance for Bolivia Floods: $1,060,181

CURRENT SITUATION

Flooding in eight of Bolivia's nine departments has affected nearly 400,000 people and resulted in the deaths of 51 others. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, rains continue in Bolivia, and light to moderate rains are forecast for the majority of the country in the coming days.

Large areas of Beni and Santa Cruz departments remain affected by floods. In Trinidad, Beni Department, floodwaters have begun to recede, but rivers throughout the department are rising and may flood new areas. In northern Pando Department, overflowing rivers are increasingly threatening communities.

Estimates of Loss

Floodwaters have killed an estimated 30,000 cattle in Beni Department alone, according to the Beni Ranchers' Association, resulting in a loss of approximately $6 million. Ranchers expect the situation to worsen as animals succumb to diseases that emerge as the water recedes.

USAID disaster specialists remain in Bolivia to assess conditions and help coordinate USAID humanitarian assistance.

Health

The humanitarian community continues to monitor the health of affected populations. The GOB Ministry of Health and Sports is supporting a campaign to prevent the spread of water- and sanitation-related diseases.

The two WHO standard medical kits provided by USAID/OFDA will assist additional populations affected by disease.

Distribution of Relief Supplies

Three non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are distributing USAID/OFDA relief supplies previously airlifted to Bolivia. World Vision is distributing 2,000 water containers, 2,000 hygiene kits, and 20 rolls of plastic tarpaulin. The Center for Research, Investigation, and Services (CIES), a local health NGO, is distributing 1,800 water containers and 2,000 hygiene kits. The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is distributing the remaining 4,000 water containers, 3,336 hygiene kits, and 270 rolls of plastic tarpaulin.