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Cablegate: Bolivia Flooding Sitrep 2: February 27, 2007

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P 272031Z FEB 07
FM AMEMBASSY LA PAZ
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 2622
INFO RUEHAC/AMEMBASSY ASUNCION 6584
RUEHBO/AMEMBASSY BOGOTA 3902
RUEHBR/AMEMBASSY BRASILIA 7793
RUEHBU/AMEMBASSY BUENOS AIRES 5037
RUEHCV/AMEMBASSY CARACAS 2269
RUEHPE/AMEMBASSY LIMA 2373
RUEHMD/AMEMBASSY MADRID 3340
RUEHMN/AMEMBASSY MONTEVIDEO 4440
RUEHQT/AMEMBASSY QUITO 4914
RUEHSJ/AMEMBASSY SAN JOSE 1602
RUEHSG/AMEMBASSY SANTIAGO 9504
RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA 0074
RUEHBS/USEU BRUSSELS
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RUEHUB/USINT HAVANA 0174
RHEHNSC/NSC WASHINGTON DC
RUCPDOC/DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHINGTON DC

UNCLAS LA PAZ 000528

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

STATE FOR WHA/AND
SAN JOSE FOR USAID/OFDA TIMOTHY CALLAGHAN
STATE PASS AID FOR DCHA/OFDA, MILENA POPP; LAC/SA, JEFF
BAKKEN;
DCHA/FFP, BARRY BURNETT
LIMA FOR DHS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: EAID AMED ASUP CASC EAGR ECON PREL BL
SUBJECT: BOLIVIA FLOODING SITREP 2: FEBRUARY 27, 2007

REF: LA PAZ 515

1. (U) Massive flooding continues to plague Bolivia's eastern
departments of the Beni and Santa Cruz.

- Damage estimates from the flooding described in reftel have
risen to USD 250 million nationwide, according to press
reports.

- Flood waters have spread to new areas, and an outbreak of
dengue fever has reportedly expanded to nearly 1,800 cases.

- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced that Venezuela
would donate USD 5 million and two helicopters, as well as
provide engineers and doctors, to assist with the disaster.

2. (SBU) USAID officials traveled to Trinidad, capital of the
Beni, on February 27 to assess the situation and make
recommendations for additional assistance as appropriate.
The Ambassador will visit Trinidad on March 5 to deliver
assistance, demonstrate solidarity, and discuss the crisis
there with local authorities. U.S. aid donated for the
disaster totals USD 732,000 to date.
URS

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