Bolivia - Forest Fires OCHA Situation Report No. 2

Situation Report
Originally published
Ref: OCHA/GVA - 90/0125
Bolivia - Forest Fires
OCHA - Geneva Situation Report No.2
25 August 1999

Government has launched an appeal for international assistance


1. According to the information submitted by the inter-institutional assessment mission (17-21 August), the massive fires (caused by slash-and-burn activities, a common traditional practice, and fueled by strong winds and dryness) which broke out on Saturday 14 August in the forest of Ascensión de Guarayos in the Department of Santa Cruz, are now under control with 45 slash-and-burn fires still ongoing. Fires may affect further rural villages close to the the Department of Beni.

(the assessment refers to Ascención de Guarayos only since the mission did not reach the region of San Ignacio de Moxos, due to timing and distance).

2. On Thursday 26 August, air surveillance will continue.

Overall data on the impact in areas declared national emergency zones by the Government:

3. Ascensión de Guarayos

  • 510 houses burned/destroyed
  • 502 urban families affected (rural census still ongoing)
  • 2, 417 persons affected (1315 adults/1102 children)
  • 24 communities affected (influence area 60 kms2)
4. San Ignacio de Moxos
  • 40 houses burned/destroyed
  • 40 families affected
  • 220 persons affected (80 adults/120 children)
5. Canandoa
  • 50 houses burned/destroyed
  • 60 families affected
  • 300 persons affected
Emergency needs (not met by national resources)

6. Detailed listing of needs (food, blankets, mattresses, soap, stoves, beds, household utensils, tools, water containers ) available at OCHA.

7. For medical requirements, donors should contact directly the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Relief Coordination Programme , phone number: 1-202-974-35.20/ Fax number: 1-202-775-45.78.

8. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has launched an appeal for 206,000 Swiss francs (approx USD 135,400).

In-country coordination

9. The Minister of National Defense, the Director of Civil Defense and the International Community are coordinating emergency and rehabilitation activities. The UN Resident Coordinator in Bolivia has been requested to serve as Chairman of an Emergency Committee.

International Response

UN System
OCHA Emergency cash grant for the purchasing of relief supplies

10. OCHA is prepared to serve as a channel for cash contributions for the immediate relief needs detailed above. Funds channelled through OCHA will be spent in coordination with the relevant organizations of the UN system and OCHA will provide written confirmation of their use. Funds should be transferred to OCHA account No. CO-590.160.1 at the UBS AG, PO Box 2770, CH-1211 Geneva 2, with reference: OCHA - Bolivia - Forest Fires

11. For coordination purposes, donors are requested to inform OCHA Geneva, as indicated blow, of relief missions, pledges or contributions and their corresponding values by item.

12. This Situation Report and further information on ongoing emergencies are also available on the OCHA Internet Website at:http://

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