In the Cachuela Mamore community, in the Guayaramerin Municipality, flooding caused by Mamore River has flooded houses, schools and main road. A change from trucks to canoes must be done to continue the trip. The community has installed in the dry part a camp where they are located during this unusual rain season.
Cooking in a camp can be difficult, particularly if the emergency is because of flooding. There is no dry wood for a stovetop and the food is hard to find because the water has ruined every reserve of food that the families had as well as their crops. A woman from the Cachuela Mamore community shows her plantains that she managed to save before they were lost. She is boiling them for lunch.
The families of the Cachuela Mamore community are trying to harvest rain water, but if it does not rain, they will have to get water from the river, a few meters from their makeshift homes. The women and girls are the ones who collect wood and water for cooking. The HEB biscuits have made their life a little easier because they are readymade and a nutritious source of energy.
The children of the Cachuela Mamore community are enjoying the High Energy Biscuits. Their purpose is to feed the affected population immediately after an emergency during the initial phase in which the families cannot find food or cook because they do not have enough clean water, dry wood, utensils, etc.
The children of the Cachuela Mamore community are eating the energetic biscuits at least once a day. Every family with 5 members receives 500 grams of biscuit per day, so that each member consumes 100 grams per day or 1 packet of biscuits. The packet of biscuits is equal to one portion and each portion gives 450 kilocalories (kcal) of energy.
Life in the camp is very troublesome. There are many things that have to be done so that they can have shelter, food and some comforts. In this picture, a resident of the Cachuela Mamore community gathers wooden boards to build a bed for his family.
A few days have passed since the Cachuela Mamore community was flooded and the families are still visiting their houses to see if it is possible to rescue something more. In this picture, a woman of the community goes to where her house once was, in a canoe. There is no other way to do this but by water. The main road is now travelled by canoe.
A women in the Cachuela Mamore community successfully managed to save some plantains before they were drowned underwater. Before, the families had to climb a couple of meters so they could harvest plantains, now they harvest them by canoe. That is the dimension of the flood in this area: at least 2 meters of water over the land.
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