Overflowing rivers have caused flooding in several areas of Cochabamba Department in central Bolivia over the last few days.
Civil Defence and the Bolivian Navy evacuated families in the municipality of Ivirgarzama and surrounding areas after flooding began from late 23 April 2021.
Flooding also blocked parts of the Cochabamba – Santa Cruz highway (National Route 4) at the Chimoré-Ivirgarzama sector, causing major transport disruptions. A bus and several other vehicles were trapped in the waters and than 50 passengers and motorists had to be rescued.
Other municipalities in the department have also been affected according to the regional government. Around 1,000 families were affected in the municipality of Omereque and 500 families in Raqaypampa municipality. Over 900 hectares of crops were also damaged in the two municipalities. Parts of Aiquile municipality were also flooded.
Civil Defence reported on 24 April that the Ichilo River in Puerto Villarroel Municipality broke its banks on 24 April 2021.
Flooding had earlier affected areas of the municipality of Chimoré, Cochabamba, where Civil Defence delivered relief supplies to 2,371 affected families on 22 April.
Bolivia’s meteorological agency Servicio Nacional de Meteorología E Hidrología (SENAMHI) issued Orange level alerts for the Ichilo, Ivirgarzama, Chimoré, Ichadoa and Eterazama rivers in the department lasting until at least 27 April 2021. Alerts were also issued for rivers in the neighbouring department of Santa Cruz for the Ichilo and Víbora rivers.
#ANF Una flota de la empresa Cosmos quedó atrapada esta madrugada en medio de la carretera Cochabamba – Santa Cruz en el sector del río Cesarzama que se desbordó por las intensas lluvias. Más de 50 personas que estaban en el bus fueron rescatadas.
— Agencia Fides (ANF) (@noticiasfides) April 24, 2021
⚓📸🇧🇴Debido al desborde de los ríos Cristal y Sajta al promediar las 02:00 de la madrugada, el personal naval acudió en auxilio de la comunidad #Ivirgarzama desplazándose a bordo de embarcaciones para realizar la evacuación y rescate de familias trasladándolos a lugares seguros. pic.twitter.com/6fnIGXbJDc
— Armada Boliviana (@ArmadaBoliviana) April 24, 2021