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WFP Helping 37,000 Flood Victims In Bolivia

UN food agency helping 37,000 flood victims in Bolivia

30 January 2008 - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is assisting 37,000 people affected by floods in Bolivia, a spokesperson for the world body announced today.

The assistance is now going to Beni, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba, but the agency is also planning to provide food to 25,000 people in other affected departments, according to the spokesperson.

WFP is working with the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and their partner Télécom Sans Frontières to ensure emergency telecommunications.

UNICEF-Bolivia is ready to assist with tents, mobile schools, water filters and chlorine, if requested, the spokesperson reported.

Meanwhile, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has allocated $40,000 in emergency cash grants to support immediate humanitarian operations in Bolivia.

Since November, severe flooding in Bolivia has killed 36 people, according to the Government.


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