Bolivia – BENI FLOOD DISASTOR 2014
In the early 1990’s I spent a significant amount of time in Bolivia within the Amazon basin, and within the flood plains within the interior of Bolivia. The further into the interior the people still perform basic subsistence living along the rivers and within the basin area. During the last decade flooding within this area has increased, and left the people who live, and survive there at the mercy of what little has managed to survive the flooding. In Febuary 2014 the flooding has been even more severe, and with little international attention. We would like to shed some light onto this area, and to raise awareness for the people involved. Please help in rasing awareness by distributing this via other social media channels like facebook, and twitter.
We will update if more information comes in.
Bolivia is currently experiencing the worst rainy season in decades with disastrous floods affecting communities and wildlife in Beni.
“While coverage of the recent flooding disaster has been limited in the UK, I hope to raise awareness and funds to send directly to the people of Beni who most need aid. Having been born in raised in La Paz, Bolivia, I often visited the Beni region. Their remoteness has meant that they have maintained a simple and traditional lifestyle, and much of the relief being sent is to help their immediate needs in sanitation and food. More than 58,000 families have been affected over the past month, according to official counts, with 56 people reported dead. Limited reporting from isolated communities could mean the actual number is significantly higher.
A lack of potable water, the destruction of crops and livestock, and the threat of mosquito-born disease all pose long-term risks. It’s not just the loss of subsistence crops, many of which cannot be replanted until late this year, and disease that will have long-term effects in the Bolivian lowlands. Across the region, raising cattle is an important source of income, and the herds can be a family’s main asset. To date, some 48,000 cattle have drowned or starved to death.”
By Gilda cevasco
Editor: Exploretraveler Team
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We support the need and increased coverage from international media, and that world wide disastor services would become more involved.