· This Emergency Appeal was launched on 14 March 2012 for 503,659 CHF to assist 2,000 families (10,000 beneficiaries) for 6 months.
· Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): 116,138 Swiss francs were initially allocated from the Federation’s DREF to support the Bolivian Red Cross (BRC) to respond.
· An operation update was published on 14 June 2012.
· With the current update, the operation timeframe of implementation will be extended until 15 December 2012.
Summary: Like their neighbour countries in the Andean region, Bolivia suffered an intense rainy season during the first months of 2012 as result of La Niña weather phenomena. On 22 February, the Bolivian government declared a State of National Emergency for the departments of Cochabamba, Pando, Oruro and La Paz. By 7 March, the government had reported 13,817 families affected and 13 confirmed deaths.
In order to assist the most vulnerable families affected by the floods, the Bolivian Red Cross coordinated with community members to select those in most need of relief. The National Society has reached 1,900 families with food parcels and kitchen sets, and 415 families with mosquito nets, jerry cans and chlorine for household treatment of water. These disease prevention activities are being complemented with educational and cleaning campaigns to control the dengue outbreak in the region. However, due to unforeseen administrative delays, the National Society has requested an extension of the implementation timeframe to ensure that the dengue prevention activities can be properly completed in the Puerto Villarroel, department of Cochabamba. The operation will therefore be completed by 15 December 2012. In line with the IFRC’s reporting standards, the final report (narrative and financial) is due 90 days after the end of the operation (by the end of March 2013).