Bolivia

Floods Emergency appeal n° MDRBO007

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GLIDE n° FL-2012-000032-BOL

This Emergency Appeal seeks 503,659 Swiss francs in cash, kind, or services to support the Bolivian Red Cross (BRC) to assist 2,000 families (10,000 beneficiaries) for six months, and will be completed by the end of September 2012. A Final Report will be made available by the end of December 2012 (three months after the end of the operation).

116,138 Swiss francs were allocated from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 1 March 2012 to support this operation. Unearmarked funds to replenish the DREF are encouraged.

On 22 February, the Bolivian government declared a State of National Emergency for the departments of Cochabamba, Pando, Oruro and La Paz as intense rains, flooding, landslides and hailstorm struck the country under the influence of La Niña weather phenomena. Overall, 121 municipalities have experienced different emergencies, affecting 13,817 families and causing the deaths of 13 persons. Inter-agency assessments completed thus far indicate the need to provide relief items to affected families, to ensure the rehabilitation of water and sanitation systems, to prevent further spreading of dengue, and to support the recovery of livelihoods as the weather has severely affected agricultural production. With the national meteorological institute forecasting the continuation of current weather patterns until April, the BRC requested this Emergency Appeal to provide a timely response in delivering assistance to 2,000 families from the departments of Beni, Cochabamba, La Paz, Oruro, Pando and Santa Cruz.

The National Society plans to distribute food parcels and hygiene kits to assist in the immediate recovery of affected families and to alleviate the economic effects of the disaster. However, as Bolivia was also experiencing several dengue outbreaks before the current rains, a national dengue alert was declared on 28 December 2011, the National Society will expand their dengue prevention campaign as the floods intensify the risk of the disease. The BRC will train volunteers and community members on epidemic control and support the cleaning and fumigation of mosquito breeding grounds. To further reduce the risk of water-related diseases, the BRC will provide the required supplies to treat and safely store drinking water and complete a hygiene promotion campaign alongside their dengue awareness campaign. Finally, the National Society will assist 500 families with seeds and technical support for the recovery of lost crops.