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Flooding in Bolivia


Heavy rainfall in much of Bolivia has caused chaos in recent months and current flooding in the east and northeast of the country has affected up to 68,000 families in the rural regions of Santa Cruz and Beni districts.

Schoolgirl in Santa Cruz, Bolivia (Benno Neeleman)

Local authorities have therefore evacuated families from the most-affected areas and relocated them to temporary camps. Together with other humanitarian organisations and the local authorities, SOS Children's Villages is monitoring the situation, particularly the welfare of children affected by the latest natural disaster. Over the next few days, SOS Children's Villages will provide the most vulnerable children with basic relief items and endeavour to provide proper shelter.

The SOS Children's Village, social centre and school in Santa Cruz have avoided the worst of the flooding. But families benefitting from the SOS family strengthening programme as well as those who attend events organised in the local SOS community centres have had difficulties reaching the centres, as public transportation was partially halted.

Relevant Countries: Bolivia.

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