Bolivia

Bolivia: Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 11

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This situation report is based on information received from the Office of the Resident Coordinator, UN Agencies, the Bolivian Government, the UN Emergency Technical Team (UNETT) in Bolivia and OCHA Regional Office in Panama.

HIGHLIGHTS

- The disaster has affected around 73,000 families.

- New waves of water are expected in cities such as Santa Ana.

- President Morales announced structural measures to mitigate the effect of disasters each year.

SITUATION OVERVIEW

1. A total of 94 municipalities have been declared in a state of emergency and national disaster in Bolivia. The situation in Santa Ana del Yacuma is critical. The small city is surrounded by water and people can only be evacuated by air.

2. As a consequence of the natural disasters, prices of vegetables, chicken, meat, eggs and milk, among others, have increased by more than 100 percent. The Minister of Development Planning recognized that the emergency will have an economic impact and estimates a one percent decline in the GNP.

3. The Bolivian Road Administrator (ABC) has assigned Bs. 200 million for the reconstruction of roads. Once the evaluation of damages is completed, the State will mobilize additional resources of financial entities.

4. On 22 February, the total number of affected families per Department is as follows:

Department
No. affected families February 2008
Total no. affected
families since Nov 2007
Total no. of attended families
Food distributed (TM)
Alert level
La Paz
789
6.607
4.612
93,17
Red
Cochabamba
268
9.605
19.438
450,00
Red
Oruro
865
187
7,49
Orange
Santa Cruz
12.658
19.818
3.708
170,31
Red
Tarija
766
961
21,86
Yellow
Chuquisaca
1.054
9.068
2.411
48,02
Red
Potosí
647
5.653
1.942
38,84
Orange
Beni
19.912
20.581
5.421
229,40
Red
Pando
81
112
39
1,56
Red
Total
35,409
73,075
38,719
1, 060,65

Situation per Department

Beni

6. According to the Departmental Emergency Operations Centre (COE), muddy water covers almost 60% of Beni. In rural areas, there is still need for further assistance.

7. The Joint Military Command for Natural Disasters and Floods informed that the water level in the city of Trinidad will continue declining. However, the biggest wave of water that threatened the city of Trinidad is now reaching Santa Ana del Yacuma. According to the Departmental Health Service, Trinidad is in high alert because of the large number of rats, snakes and other animals seeking dry places. To control any epidemic outbreak, a rat elimination campaign was undertaken by the Environmental Health Department's mobile brigades with the support of the Armed Forces.

8. Registers showed an increase in water levels in Santa Ana by 16 cm that has now climbed to 24 cm. due to this past week's rains. As a result, the red alert level was declared for Santa Ana del Yacuma as a wave of water is could break the ring dyke.

9. More downstream, the water is threatening the Municipality of Puerto Siles (province of Moxos), whose population could be flooded in two days.

10. According to the Prefect of Beni, WFP is covering food provision for 11,056 families and some 1,492 tons of food are needed to assist the remaining families (8,500). In response to a recent increase in the number of affected families in need of food assistance, WFP will increase its coverage to all camps in the cities of Trinidad and Santa Ana, adding approximately 4,000 families to its beneficiaries.

11. During last week, WFP has distributed 138 MT of food to 2,075 families in the Municipalities of San Ignacio, San Javier, Trinidad, Puerto Siles and Exaltación. The food was transported by truck, helicopter, one C-130 and boat. WFP is prepositioning approximately some 21 MT of food to Santa Ana by boat, given that water levels are dramatically increasing and major evacuations are expected.

12. According to the Prefect, there are 2,254 km of impassable roads in the department of Beni, caused by the floods, representing 90% of its road network. Damage related to agriculture, cattle, farming, traditional crops and milk production is estimated to be as high as USD 179 million.

13. In Trinidad, various affected families are refusing to leave their flooded homes.

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