Bolivia – Thousands Affected by Floods and Severe Weather in Chuquisaca Department

Weeks of severe weather including heavy rainfall and flooding have taken their toll on the Chuquisaca Department of Bolivia, where authorities say 308 communities have been affected in 21 municipalities.

On 15 February 2023, heavy rain and hail caused flooding and landslides in San Lucas municipality. Civil Defence in Bolivia reported 2,294 families were affected 582 households were displaced. One fatality was reported.

Flooding affected other parts of the department in early January this year. Three members of a family died in floods in Sopachuy on 01 January. Another person died in flooding in Yamparáez where rivers overflowed on 02 January. Flooding affected Villa Serrano municipality on 08 January 2023.

On 16 February the government of Chuquisaca reported the effects of ongoing severe weather in the department since January. In total 308 communities have been affected by rains, floods, hail and other adverse weather including frost in 21 municipalities of the department in recent weeks. At least 6 people have died, the government said.

Over 5,500 families were affected by flooding across La Paz, Beni and Santa Cruz Departments in Bolivia in early February. Two fatalities were reported, and dozens of homes and wide areas of crops were damaged or destroyed.

Floods in Guanay, Bolivia, February 2023. Photo: Ministerio de Defensa Estado Plurinacional de Bolivia