Flooding caused by ongoing torrential rain in Bolivia is of unprecedented proportions. Beginning last October, the rains peaked in the early part of this year, triggering further flooding and fatal landslides.
Many people have been killed in the flooding, and more than 60,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed. The floods are also causing widespread agricultural damage – many crops have been ruined, and an estimated 100,000 cattle have been drowned. After months of unrelenting rain, many homes and farmland areas are submerged, especially in Bolivia’s Beni region.
Bolivian President Evo Morales has stated: “What is happening, particularly in Beni province, is something never before seen in the history of Bolivia,” yet despite the terrible damage and loss of life being caused by the flooding, the Bolivian government has rejected pleas for international assistance, and there is great need for help.
Christian Aid Mission and other workers in Bolivia have been striving to meet both the physical and spiritual needs of individuals in the affected areas, but the ongoing needs are massive. Emergency packs containing food, cooking oil and a Bible are being distributed to the extent that funds are available, and the participating aid groups are bringing in medical volunteers to serve in affected communities, as well as medical kits to help counter the constant threat of waterborne diseases.
The rains continue, however, and the need for prayer and physical help remains great. Go here for more information on the work of Christian Aid Mission in the flooded areas of Bolivia and for information on helping provide emergency packs to the victims of this unprecedented flooding.