More Rain and Flood Misery for Bolivia

Bolivia has been suffering from severe weather and flooding for several weeks. Every single department (administrative region) has been affected by the flooding, and there is more still to come as further flood warnings have been issued.

Earlier this month, FloodList reported:

Heavy rainfall in Bolivia over Christmas 2013 caused 29 deaths and affected 3 000 families across the country. The worst affected department was Cochabamba, where authorities reported that rains and hailstorms affected 1 450 families in 14 municipalities.

Continuing heavy rainfall and flooding into the new year affected eight out of the nine Departments in the country by early January 2014, with the worst hit being Cochabamba, Beni, La Paz, Chuquisaca and Potosí.

Yesterday, 23 January 2014, the Bolivian government said that 16,000 families in 72 different municipalities have now been affected by the floods that have struck all nine of Bolivia’s administrative departments.

Furthermore, the departments of Cochabamba, Santa Cruz and Beni, still reeling from earlier floods, are braced for more heavy rain over the next few days. Bolivia’s National Meteorological Service (SENAMHI) yesterday issued a Red Alert for rain and storms in these 3 departments.

In Beni, many rivers had already overflowed on 21 January and people evacuated from Santa Rosa de Yacuma, San Borja and San Ignacio de Moxos.

The department of La Paz has aslo been badly affected after recent heavy rain. The city of El Alto has seen so much rain the drainage system there has been damaged and is unable to cope.

Heavy rain in La Paz departmento and the city of La Paz has also resulted in landslides.

There is now a fear acorss Bolivia that such prolonged rainfall and flooding will result in crop failure and food shortgages.

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Flooded crops in Bolivia. Photo:

This region of South America has experienced considerable rain all and flooding over the last few weeks. Several people have died in floods and landslides in Peru and Ecuador this month.