Bolivia: International Charter activated for rainfall, floods, and landslides

satellite image of floods in Bolivia
This two images captured by MODIS on NASA's satellite Terra show the extent of floods in Bolivia back in February 2008
Credits: NASA

The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated yesterday, on request of UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA, due to heavy rainfall, floods, and landslides in the departments of La Paz, Beni and Pando, Bolivia.

Almost 40 people have been killed and hundreds of homes affected due to extensive rainfall since the end of January. The Bolivian authorities assume that more than 50,000 people have been affected.

21,000 people have lost their homes and are being placed in evacuation centers at the moment. Over 6000 hectares of crops have been destroyed.