Bolivia

Bolivia: Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 15

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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 total number of affected families increased to 97,000, as reported by the Civil Defense on 18 March. The death toll stands at 75.

- WFP estimates that about 30,000 affected families are facing food insecurity.

SITUATION OVERVIEW

1. Recent rains in the lower regions have contributed to further deteriorate the situation in the already flood affected families and have hit new regions generating more displaced families and the destruction of vital infrastructure and crops. The total number of affected families increased to 97,000 as reported by Civil Defense on 18 March. The death toll stands at 75 people.

2. The ESAE (Evaluation of Food Security, WFP) estimated that about 30,000 affected families by the floods are facing food insecurity. Among them, some 17,000 families are at risk of losing their livelihoods, making this group even more vulnerable.

Situation per Department

Beni

3. Recent rains have increased water levels again in de Department by 2 cm per day, particularly in the Trinidad city area. As water levels are expected to further rise, it is likely that the number of affected families in remote communities will increase. The population is concerned about a new wave of water from the Department of Santa Cruz. The Service for Improved Amazon Navigation SEMENA expects the floods to last at least until mid April, leaving the shelters in place for at least another 45 days.

4. Of the total 430,049 inhabitants of the Beni Department, at least 88,000 persons have been affected (19,892 families). Of this total, some 5,234 families (or 23,147 persons) are living in shelters: 33 in urban shelters (4,416 families) and 6 in rural shelters (818 families).

5. There are concerns about the sanitary situation in the shelters. The departmental health Emergency Operation Center (COE) informs that 51 additional latrines and 49 water tanks are needed, as well as containers for waste disposal and cistern trucks to deliver water to shelter camps. In the municipality of Trinidad, repairs to heavy machinery used to clean the latrines disposals are needed

6. PAHO/WHO informed on the need for transportation of health personnel to isolated rural communities. World Vision has identified needs for tents, temporary housing, latrines, medicines, blankets and small mattresses; UNICEF and the Departmental COE report needs for plastic boots, socks for the sheltered families and communities and transportation for children living in shelters, especially in Chetequije, Tradición and Pedro Ignacio Muiba.

Santa Cruz

7. One of the most affected region is the municipality of El Torno, where overflows of the Piraí River and large landslides destroyed houses, roads, bridges and crops. Almost 300 families have been evacuated and are living in camps and shelters. There is still an unknown number of affected families in the rural area of the municipality where access is very difficult. The Civil Defense provided 300 10-day food rations mostly to the rural areas. WFP will provide food to all the families in shelters. In the same region, the 1,000 families of the community of Copa Bélgica, as well as their livestock, continue to be completely isolated due to a collapse of the main bridge. In the municipality of Charagua, approximately 1,400 families have been affected. The Prefecture of Santa Cruz will distribute food in this municipality, probable by helicopters, since there is no other means of access.

8. In the municipality of San Julián, the increase of the Rio Grande waters have affected additional families, with the most critical situation being that of 380 isolated families in 5 communities of Colonia Berlin. Air transportation is needed to provide humanitarian assistance to these families.

La Paz

9. An evaluation will be carried out to determined the amount needed in food aid in this Department.

Cochabamba

10. Given the food security related developments, it is expected that the amount of assisted families in the Tropical Area (Chapare) will be reduced from 3,600 to 1,000 whereas in the highlands and valleys - where floods have critically affected the food security of some 3,000 families in 12 municipalities - the number of beneficieries will increase.

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