Emergency Response to Flood-affected Families in Southern Bolivia

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In south-western Bolivia heavy rainfall during January-February 2013 caused severe flooding of the San Juan del oro River and its tributaries. Intense precipitations over a short period coupled with mountainous terrain without any vegetative cover caused flash floods 3-4 meters high which destroyed everyhting in their path including standing crops and infrastructure.



Bolivia is one of the poorest countries in Latin America: of its 9.5 million population, two thirds overall – 80 percent in rural areas – live below the poverty line. Over the last ten years, stunting in children under 5 has remained at 27 percent nationally and 37 percent in rural areas, exceeding 40 percent in the most food-insecure muni...