Advisory: Landslide in Bolivia

Advisory: Landslide in Bolivia

  |   Posted: April 01, 2011

UPDATE: April 1, 2011 – Rain continues to fall in La Paz; however, the landslide area that was at risk has been evacuated and cleaned up. 

Many families are still living in temporary shelters and are receiving assistance.

Church leaders, Compassion staff, and Leadership Development Program students are helping the affected children and their families.

All affected Compassion-assisted centers have resumed normal activities and are no longer at risk.

Compassion Bolivia will continue to monitor the situation and help the families as needed.

Please pray for the intense rains to cease. Pray for the safety and well-being of our children, staff and their families who live in La Paz.

Compassion Bolivia will keep us updated as more information is available.

Compassion International will contact you if your sponsored child has been affected.

UPDATE: March 23, 2011 - Heavy rains continue to fall in Bolivia. Several roads have been closed due to the flooding and landslide situation in La Paz.

The local government of La Paz built prefabricated houses and are planning to construct more. The government is in the process of determining which affected families will receive a house or land.

The government has also set up temporary libraries so that students can continue their studies.

At this time, nearly 70 Compassion-assisted children's homes have been reported as damaged, including two Compassion-assisted children from center BO-414.

Compassion Bolivia continues to monitor the situation to decide what help can be provided for the families.

The church connected to child development center BO-177 is planning a special service to encourage the registered children and their families.

Please pray for the intense rains to cease. Pray for the safety and well-being of our children, staff and their families who live in La Paz.

Compassion Bolivia will keep us updated as more information is available.

Compassion International will contact you if your sponsored child has been affected.

UPDATE: March 17, 2011 – In response to the landslide, more than 1,350 families are staying in temporary camps that have been set up by the office of La Paz's mayor. These families are living in tents at these camps.

Staff of the affected child development centers, as well as some members of the country staff, continue to visit the families of Compassion-assisted children.

Each affected family has received the following:

  • first aid kit
  • medicine
  • hygiene articles
  • school materials
  • school uniforms

Families of Compassion-assisted children who lost everything and are currently living in the camps are being provided with a cooker and a propane tank.

UPDATE: March 7, 2011 – More than 13,000 families have been affected by landslides in the cities of La Paz, Cochabamba, Sucre, Oruro, Potosi and Beni. Many areas are still at risk and homes are being evacuated.

In La Paz, local organizations are supporting families with food, blankets, clothing and other needs. Temporary shelters have been set up in schools, parks and churches.

Compassion-assisted center BO-177 is located seven blocks away from the major landslide area; it is located one block from where people are evacuating. The center has suspended activities for the next week. At this time, five displaced families are staying at the center.

Compassion-assisted center BO-432 is located further away from the landslide, but the children and staff have still been affected.

Compassion-assisted children from the following centers have also been affected:

  • BO-103
  • BO-132
  • BO-533

Currently, the families of more than 60 Compassion-assisted children (from the five child development centers mentioned above) and one Leadership Development Program student have experienced the loss of homes and/or belongings.

Compassion Bolivia staff continues to visit the children's houses to determine losses and needs.

Staff from the child development centers have been helping families rescue their belongings and evacuate to temporary shelters. A social worker has also been following up with families based on need.

Compassion is providing medicine and school supplies to sponsored children and families.

UPDATE: March 4, 2011 – More than 1,500 families have been affected by the landslide that occurred in La Paz.

Many areas have been evacuated. Families whose homes were damaged are staying in temporary shelters.

Two Compassion-assisted centers have been affected so far: BO-177 (correction from the earlier report) and BO-432.
 
Staff from the child development centers, as well as the Field Office facilitators and supervisors, are visiting families and the homes of the Compassion-assisted children to determine the damage.

The center staff has contacted other churches to help provide necessities and temporary shelters.

March 1, 2011 - Bolivia has experienced weeks of intense rainfall, and recently, the capital city of La Paz suffered a massive landslide.

Officials claim that this landslide is the worst one the city has ever seen.

According to BBC News, hundreds of houses have been damaged in the landslide. The Bolivian government has declared a national emergency because of the torrential rain. 

In response, government authorities have evacuated neighborhoods and are providing temporary shelter for families.

Two Compassion-assisted centers have been affected so far, BO-178 and BO-432.