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Flood in Bolivia

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Type of Event:
Flood
Location of Event:
Bolivia
Date of Charter Activation:
25 February 2015
Time of Charter Activation:
20:43:31
Time zone of Charter Activation:
UTC+01:00
Charter Requestor:
SIFEM-DNPC on behalf of SINAGER - VIDECI
Project Management:
USGS

Description of the event

Over four thousand people have been affected by floods in northern Bolivia after heavy rain caused the River Acre to overflow on 24 February 2015.

Bolivia has been experiencing heavy rain since January, and the accumulating rainfall has been causing floods and landslides in the country.

When the River Acre burst its banks, the water level in the river had risen to 14 m above normal, and the surging waters swept through the area. In Cojiba, the capital city of the Pando Department, four thousand people were left homeless by the floods. It is expected that other residents near the river will also need to be relocated to avoid any potential risks.

No lives have been lost in the flooding, so far, and only minor injuries have been reported.

Bolivia is susceptible to heavy rain and flooding at this time of year, but this current flood is more severe than what is normally expected during the season.

Analysis of flooding in Santa Rosa, Bolivia

Source: TerraSAR-X
Acquired: 03/03/2015

Copyright: German Aerospace Center (DLR), 2015 Airbus Defence and Space / Infoterra GmbH
Map produced by Center for Geographic Information Science and Technology (CGIST)

Analysis of flooding in Santa Borja, Bolivia

Source: TerraSAR-X
Acquired: 03/03/2015

Copyright: German Aerospace Center (DLR), 2015 Airbus Defence and Space / Infoterra GmbH
Map produced by Center for Geographic Information Science and Technology (CGIST)

Analysis of flooding in Santa Ana, Bolivia

Source: TerraSAR-X
Acquired: 03/03/2015

Copyright: German Aerospace Center (DLR), 2015 Airbus Defence and Space / Infoterra GmbH
Map produced by Center for Geographic Information Science and Technology (CGIST)