Description of the disaster
331,399 Swiss francs are requested from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Bolivian Red Cross National Society in delivering immediate assistance to about 4,500 beneficiaries in Beni department in Bolivia with livelihoods recovery, health and hygiene promotion, and water and sanitation actions.
Although the rainy season in Bolivia started in November 2013, the rains intensified significantly this year and are expected to continue for two more months according to the reports of the meteorological services, affecting both the Andean and Amazonian regions of the country. As a consequence of the rains, several floods, the blocking of the access and overflowing of rivers, 58,040 families in 9 departments of the country have been affected, 56 people have died and 11 people are missing. On the last week of January, the government of Bolivia declared a state of emergency but confirmed that resources in the country were sufficient. Yet, with every new event since then, the situation has slowly worsened, and as of 10 February the departments of Cochabamba, Santa Cruz, Beni, La Paz, Potosí and Pando have been declared in a state of emergency.