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24 Oct 2018 | 09:54 AM UTC

Bolivia: Risk of riverside flooding in La Paz department October 23-27

Bolivia News Alert

Bolivian SENAMHI issues orange flood alerts for river-adjacent areas of La Paz department October 23-27

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/24/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/27/2018, 11:59 PM (America/La_Paz). COUNTRY/REGION La Paz


The Bolivian weather service SENAMHI (Servicio Nacional de Meteorología e Hidrología) has issued orange alerts for possible flooding in river-adjacent amid heavy rains in La Paz department. The alerts - set to remain in place from October 23 through Saturday, October 27 - are in effect for the following areas: Palos Blancos (Alto Beni River); Guanay (Tipuani River); Guanay, Angosto Quercano, and Mapiri (Mapiri River); Caranavi and Santa Rita de Buenos Aires (Coroico River); Zongo (Zongo River); and La Asunta (Boopi River).


Flooding is common in Bolivia during the rainy season (October to April) and can result in significant transportation disruptions, structural damage, and loss of life.


Individuals present in Bolivia are advised to monitor local weather reports and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities. Remember that driving or walking through running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult - and that floodwater may contain wastewater or chemical products; all items having come into contact with the water should be disinfected and all foodstuffs discarded.


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