Floods in Bolivia
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Published on 3 June 2014

Click here for a full list of the Bolivia Flood Emergency Bulletins.

Bolivia is among the countries with the highest levels of vulnerability due to climate change in the Andean region. Floods and droughts have worsened in recent years. The most recent rainy season which began in November 2013 has left approximately 325,000 people homeless and has caused extensive material damage, caused by unprecedented floods.

Torrential rains have destroyed the main source of income for smallholder farmers, their land and with it their food security. Crops and livestock were washed away in many of the lowlands. WFP has been in the field since the beginning of the emergency, providing assistance through non-food items (tents and boats) first, then delivering Ready-to-eat foods, like High Energy Biscuits (HEBs) and also food baskets with canned fish, vegetable oil, noodles, and HEBs. To assist some 15,000 families struggling with food insecurity, WFP extended an ongoing emergency operation in drought affected areas in the Chaco region. This extension allows WFP to assist indigenous and rural families in the four most affected Departments: La Paz (north), Beni, Pando and Cochabamba. All of WFP emergency operations are coordinated with the Civil Defense, with whose support food deliveries have been made by land and by river with the Bolivian Navy boats.  

Read more about WFP’s response to the floods that are affecting most of Bolivia:

Bolivia: Flood Emergency Bulletins- English

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WFP is entirely funded by voluntary donations. It is estimated that US$4 million are needed in order to assist 75,000 people (15,000 families) until August continuously. WFP has received substantial donations from the Italian Government, the UN’s Centre for Emergency Response Fund (CERF), WFP’s internal committee responsible for the allocation of multilateral funding to different projects, WFP-SRAC (Strategic Resource Allocation Committee), Andean Valley –an Andean food producer—among other generous donors. However, a substantial amount of funding is still required to assist the target number of beneficiaries who urgently require assistance.

As water slowly begins to recede, WFP begins to focus on the rehabilitation phase, collaborating with the Ministry of Rural Development and Lands to develop a rehabilitation strategy within the recuperation plans of the Bolivian government. Within this plan, WFP has begun to assist affected families through various Food for Assets initiatives.