32 Dead – Bolivia Counts Cost of Rainy Season

While the recent rainy season (October 2014 to April 2015) in Bolivia wasn’t as severe as last year, it still left 32 people dead.

52 municipalities declared a state of emergency and communities across all 9 departments of the country now face the struggle to recover after damaging floods, landslides, heavy rain and hail storms.

Government Figures for 2014 to 2015 Rainy Season

The Viceministerio de Defensa Civil (VIDECI) in Bolivia, the government department responsible for disaster management, has issued figures on how the recent rainy season from October 2014 to March 2015 has impacted all nine departments of the country.

Every year the rainy season in Bolivia brings with it a host of dangers, including , hail, thunderstorms, floods and landslides. Last year the hardest hit department was Beni, where around 60 people were killed in the flooding, 63,000 hectares of crops destroyed, 110,000 livestock killed and livelihoods lost or ruined.

Floods and severe weather brought by the recent rainy season of 2014 to 2015 have been less intense, but have caused deaths and damage, and affected at least 37,000 families across all nine departments.

According to VIDECI, since October 2014 (beginning of the rainy season) heavy rain, hail, thunderstorms, floods and landslides have killed 32 people, with 6 others still missing. Around 1,689 houses have been damaged or destroyed.

By 09 April 2015, 52 municipalities, most of them in the departments of La Paz or Cochabamba, had declared a State of Emergency.

ECHO, the Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection unit of the European Union, have produced the map below, showing affected areas.  The full version can be seen here (PDF).

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Map of areas affected by floods and severe weather, October 2014 to March 2015. Image: ECHO

Floods in Pando, Bolivia, February 2015

Wide areas of Pando department were under water in late February when the River Acre overflowed. One of the worst affected areas was the department capital, Cobija.

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Food and relief items airlifted to Cobija, Pando, Boivia. Photo: Government of Bolivia
Floods in Cobija, Pando. Photo: Government of Bolivia
Floods in Cobija, Pando. Photo: Government of Bolivia