Earth News: Bolivia, S.A.
March 15, 2007
BOLIVIA continues to be severely affected by a range of extreme weather conditions which have so far left 51 people dead and six people missing. Over 400,000 people have been affected. Droughts and freezes in most of the provinces in the department of Oruro, Potosí and the north of La Paz have already resulted in 9,000 families losing their harvests. However, floods have so far caused the most destruction. Most of the municipalities and towns in several departments in Beni and provinces in Cochabamba are completely flooded. In many cases communities are almost totally isolated, with no way to reach them but by boat. There is expected to be further flooding within the next few days due to water masses moving towards the north of the country.