National emergency across Bolivia

Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) –┬ápartnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems
31 January 2010

The Bolivian government declared a national emergency Friday in response to heavy rains and flooding that have killed at least 10 people and affected some 22,000 families nationwide in recent weeks.

Previous flooding in Bolivia 2007

The declaration will allow the government to more quickly deliver aid to the five of the country’s nine regions that have been affected by the flooding.

“We are declaring a national emergency across Bolivia in response to the effects of flooding, hailstorms, landslides and rivers breaking their banks,” said a decree from President Evo Morales and his cabinet.

Flooding has so far been worst in the Santa Cruz region, but the government has expressed concern that the Beni region, where Bolivia’s major rivers converge, could be seriously affected.

Beni’s capital Trinidad, home to 120,000 people, was on alert Friday as the water level rose within inches of breaching nearby dams.

Bolivia’s National Meteorology and Hydrology Service forecasts that the heavy rains will continue through February.

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