Drought, El Niño Conditions Continue to Impact Bolivia
Drought conditions continue to threaten agricultural production and food supply in parts of Bolivia, especially in the southern highlands region where potatoes and quinoa are integral crops. (REDHUM, ReliefWeb/Govt. of Bolivia). Reports indicate that at least four provinces in the La Paz department are experiencing drought conditions, and it is expected that thousands of hectares of agricultural land will remain unused, potentially generating food shortages (REDHUM).
Of concern as well is the effect of drought on llamas and alpacas, which are key economic resources in the region. As of February 17, more than 8,000 llamas have been sickened by dehydration and infections (PAHO).
As of February 23, the departments of Chuquisaca, Oruro, Cochabamba, and Potosí have issued “a state of emergency” due to the effects of drought, hail, and cold weather (REDLAC/ReliefWeb). According to reports, an estimated 200,000 people—mostly small farmers and llama breeders—have been affected by El Niño-driven weather conditions.
RVA Profile: Bolivia
This Week in Hazards:
- Tropical Cyclone Winston made landfall in the Fiji islands, February 20 to 21, as a Category 5 cyclone, and has been deemed “one of the most powerful storms recorded in the southern hemisphere” (Reuters). As of February 25, more than 45,000 people—or about five percent of Fiji’s population—remain in nearly 800 evacuation centers (UN OCHA Situation Report #5, PACNEWS).
- Flooding and landslides triggered by ongoing heavy rainfall continue to affect parts of Indonesia. In the Jambi province, more than 4,200 houses have been submerged across several districts due to floods; while in the city of Pasuruan in the East Java province, flooding has inundated 1,500 houses (ASEAN). As of February 24, ongoing riverine flooding has affected more than 80,000 people in 16 districts across the Aceh, North Sumatra, West Sumatra, Riau, and Bangka Belitung provinces (IFRC).
Current Hazard Warnings
Flood: England (Southern), Malaysia, Indonesia
Winter Storm: Canada (Quebec, Ontario), United States (Midwest)
High Surf: United States (Hawaii)
Drought: Eastern Caribbean, United States (Western), Southern Africa, Madagascar, Bolivia
Wildfire: Chile (Southern)
Biomedical: West Africa
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