Flooding sparked by torrential rains has been reported in the departments of Potosí, Tarija, Chuquisaca, and Beni as of early Monday, February 5. At least 6000 families have been affected. More rain is forecast for much of the country over the coming week and could aggravate flooding, notably along rivers. The national weather service (Servicio Nacional de Meteorología e Hidrología; SENAMHI) has issued orange flood alerts for river-adjacent areas across the country, which are current set to remain in place through February 6.
Flooding is common in Bolivia, particularly during the rainy season (October to April), and can result in significant transportation disruptions, structural damage, and loss of life. Tens of thousands of people have been affected by the rains thus far this season in Bolivia, which have been persistent since November 2017.
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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