Bolivia - Forest Fires OCHA Situation Report No. 3

Situation Report
Originally published

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 99/0137
Bolivia - Forest Fires
OCHA - Geneva Situation Report No. 3
7 September 1999

Two-person UNDAC team deployed

1. A two-person United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team, from Latin America, arrived on 1 September 1999 in La Paz to assist the UN Resident Coordinator and the national authorities in the assessment of emergency needs and the environmental implications of the forest fires. Meetings with national/local authorities and field visits have taken place.

2. On 1 September 1999, an inter sectorial mission overflew the Ascension de Guarayos and San Ignacio de Mixos areas where the fires are already under control.

3. According to the National Service for Civil Defence (NSCD), preliminary figures concerning the rural area indicate that some 1,100 people have been affected, bringing the total number of affected people to approximately 3,500 (3,000 of whom only in the region of Ascension de Guarayos). Approximately 630 houses have been burned or destroyed by the fires.

Outstanding needs

4. According to the inter sectorial mission, emergency supplies distribution is proceeding satisfactorily, but the need for additional assistance persists, (e.g., food supplies, tools, water and sanitation equipment, and personal cleaning supplies). A detailed listing of needs is available upon request at OCHA. In order to best take care of the emergency needs, contributions in cash are urged.

5. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Society (IFRC) reports that the Bolivian Red Cross is assisting 576 families (approximately 2,800 people) with food, kitchen sets, hygiene articles and bedding.

International Response

6. Contributions reported to OCHA, since Situation Report no. 2, of 25 August 1999

UN System
Food rations to attend 640 families during 3 months
Cash grant
Cash grant
Three sanitary facilities for camps in Ascension de Guarayos
Chlorination plant
Other institutions
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Cash grant for assistance operations CHF 100,000
Corporacion Andina de Fomento(CAF)
Cash grant for emergency needs
Cash grant for economic recovery
Vision Mundial (NGO):
300 sheets, 200 baby sheets, 447 pieces children clothes, 3776 pieces adult clothes (male and female), 6576 jeans, 2100 pieces children clothes, 1462 shampoo containers, 6912 pieces of soap.
7. 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

8. 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.

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

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