A “very hard” phase is coming in terms of increased rainfall and flooding, especially in January 2022, warned the Vice Minister for Civil Protection, Juan Carlos Calvimontes, yesterday, based on reports from the National Service of Meteorology and Hydrology (Senamhi).
The authority interviewed on the Bolivian television program “Primer Plano” indicated that this rainfall, which creates river overflows, occurs in non-traditional locations as a result of global warming and the climate crisis.
He reported that seven departments are on alert, four affected, 18 communities and 1,677 families affected, nine people died, more than a thousand acres of damaged crops and 85 unusable homes as a result of rivers overflowing in different parts of the country.
He explained that the rainy season traditionally affected places like the tropics of Cochabamba or the integrated north of Santa Cruz, but this year rains have increased in unusual areas like Cercado, in Cochabamba and others that have not been so in recent years has rained intensely. Years.
“We have entered a time that will be marked by heavy rainfall and this will obviously result in some rivers overflowing,” he said.
The main rivers of the departments of Santa Cruz, Cochabamba, Beni, La Paz, Pando, Chuquisaca and Tarija have increased levels due to the constantly recorded rainfall.
Faced with this situation, the National Service of Meteorology and Hydrology (Senamhi) has activated the hydrological orange alarm in these departments, fearing it could register possible floods that could endanger communities near the rivers, according to a report by the newspaper El Deber.
According to the report, the Ichilo, Yapacaní, Surutú and Río Grande rivers in Santa Cruz Department are the tributaries that would experience flooding with possible overflows in peri-urban areas. There are also ascents with possible overflows for the Ichilo, Ivirgarzama, Chimoré, Chipiri, Eterazama, Ichado and Mizque rivers in the department of Cochabamba.
The Maniqui and Hondo Rivers would register floods with possible effects on the communities of Cosincho, San Borja and communities near the Yucumo-Rurrenabaque highway.