Bolivia – Floods Affect Indigenous Communities in Cochabamba

The government in Bolivia reported on 20 February that heavy rain and flooding in eastern parts of Cochabamba Department, in particular Villa Tunari and Chimoré districts.

A total of around 700 families from indigenous communities, mostly Yuracarés and Yuquis, have been affected.

Senamhi reported several rivers in the area were at orange alert level or higher, including the Chapare, Isiboro and Ichilo.

Eslewhere in the department, heavy rain caused the Taquiña river to break its banks on 21 February, causing widespread damage in areas of Tiquipaya.

rio chapare bolivia, Image: Senamhi
rio isiboro bolivia. Image: Senamhi
rio ichilo bolivia. Image: Senamhi

Flood Summary

Last updated: February 26, 2020
Event
Eastern Cochabamba Department, Bolivia, February 2020
Date
February 19, 2020
Type
River flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall, Long-term rainfall
On 20 February 2020, the Bolivia Government Information Agency (ABI) reported heavy rain and floods in eastern parts of Cochabamba Department, in particular Villa Tunari and Chimoré districts, affecting 700 families from indigenous communities (mostly Yuracarés and Yuquis). Senamhi reported several rivers in the area were at orange alert level or higher, including the Chapare, Isiboro and Ichilo.

Locations

A - Villa Tunari, Bolivia (Bolivia)
B - Chimoré, Bolivia
C - Chapare river at Santa Rosa del Chapare - River level 9.99 metres
D - Isiboro river, Gundonovia, Bolivia - River level 8.57 metres
E - Ichilo River at Puerto Villarroel - River level 7.1 metres

Magnitude

River level
9.99 metres
Chapare river at Santa Rosa del Chapare - February 19 to February 19, 2020
http://senamhi.gob.bo/index.php/inicio
Senamhi figures. Danger level is 10.19
River level
8.57 metres
Isiboro river, Gundonovia, Bolivia - February 19 to February 19, 2020
Danger is 8.25
River level
7.1 metres
Ichilo River at Puerto Villarroel - February 19 to February 19, 2020
Danger is 7.75

Damages

Affected
3,500
Yuracarés, Cochabamba - February 19 to February 24, 2020
ABI reported 872 families