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Cablegate: Bolivia Flooding Sitrep 6: March 5, 2007

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STATE FOR WHA/AND LPETRONI
SAN JOSE FOR USAID/OFDA TIMOTHY CALLAGHAN
STATE PASS TO AID FOR DCHA/OFDA MILENA POPP, LAC/SA JEFF
BAKKEN, DCHA/FFP BARRY BURNETT
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SUBJECT: BOLIVIA FLOODING SITREP 6: MARCH 5, 2007

REF: A. LA PAZ 593
B. 2006 LA PAZ 3244

1. (U) Large parts of the departments of the Beni and Santa
Cruz remain affected by massive floods (ref A). Although
flood waters in Trinidad, capital of the Beni, have begun to
recede, rivers are rising in other areas of the department
and threaten to expand the flooding to those new areas.

- GOB authorities raised total estimates of affected families
from 73,482 to 75,897 in eight out of nine departments.

- Health reports indicate increasing cases of dengue fever
and tetanus, among other illnesses. The health minister
announced on March 5 that vaccination campaigns against
tetanus would begin this week and fumigation against
mosquitoes would continue.

- The Beni regional government estimates that the flood
waters will not recede for two months and that the regional
government will have to attend to 80,000 flood victims during
that time with 1,000 tons of food per month.

2. (U) The GOB promulgated a law on March 2 to allow
prefectures and municipal governments declared disaster zones
to spend their budgetary resources, including their shares of
the direct hydrocarbons tax, without restriction. 108 of
Bolivia's 329 municipalities have been declared disaster
zones. The vice minister of lands announced that the
verification of whether land is fulfilling an economic or
social function, as required by the land law passed in
November 2006 (ref B), would be put on hold during the
emergency.

3. (U) Ambassador Goldberg and USAID Director Mike Yates
traveled to Trinidad, Beni on March 5 to visit flood victims
and donate two additional plane loads of emergency supplies,
including hygiene kits and tents. U.S. assistance to date
totals approximately USD 1.5 million. The Office of
Personnel Management has authorized fundraising within the
mission, which will continue through March 16, with proceeds
going to the International Federation of Red Cross.
GOLDBERG

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