Flood in Bolivia
Wednesday, 25 February 2015
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25 February 2015
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SIFEM-DNPC on behalf of SINAGER - VIDECI
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.