BOLIVIA VOLUNTEERS aids flood victims
In response to the severe flooding in the city, caused by the highest levels of torrential rainfall recorded for many years, BOLIVIA VOLUNTEERS has sent four of its volunteers currently in COCHABAMBA to help individuals, displaced families and the community.
Liaising with community leaders, the volunteers are providing immediate emergency assistance in a variety of ways, to try to help ease the devastating impact the recent floods have had. Recent flash-floods and continuous rainfall have totally changed the landscape. Rivers have burst their banks, and in many locations have changed their course completely – now passing through townships and agricultural land.
It is widely acknowledged that the recent inclement weather is the worst recorded for many years, and the local forecasters predict that there will be several more weeks of rainfall, before Bolivia´s ´Rainy Season´ draws to a close. Traditionally, the rains arrive in the central South American country during November and December, but this year – following severe droughts in many areas – the excessive amounts of rainfall have caused chaos throughout the country.
Bolivia Volunteers, who organize volunteer placements in the city of Cochabamba have answered calls from the community to assist where possible, by assigning additional volunteer tasks to some of its volunteers.
´Just take a look around you – the place is devastated,´ says Tony Lee – in Cochabamba with Bolivia Volunteers on a three month Building Trades project – ´Nothing I´ve ever seen before has been anything like this.´ Tony, along with construction project volunteer Marston Adabaye, will be helping in the massive clean-up operation, and helping local community leaders co-ordinate the construction of make-shift temporary accommodation blocks for homeless families.
Other volunteers, Abigail Harman-Scott and Brigitte Le Croix, are in the region with a focus on health and social care. ´It´s not just the houses that have been destroyed – Community centers, schools and medical facilities have not been spared. We are doing all we can to keep things running as smoothly as possible at this difficult time for everybody here´ says Brigitte.
Bolivia Volunteers continues to monitor the situation, and has several other volunteers on stand-by to be deployed in the area if needed.