Ecuador Sends Humanitarian Aid to Bolivia for Victims of Rains

By Dialogo
March 23, 2011

On 18 March, Ecuador sent ten tons of humanitarian aid to Bolivia, where heavy rains have left half a hundred dead and affected around fourteen thousand families, the National Risk-Management Secretariat (SNGR, Civil Defense) announced.

The shipment was sent from an Air Force base in the port of Guayaquil (in southwestern Ecuador) and contains five hundred food rations and five hundred hygiene kits, according to the SNGR official in charge, Leila Zambrano.

“Each kit is designed to supply a family of five for eight days,” the official explained.

The heavy rains of recent weeks in Bolivia have caused rivers to burst their banks and led to flooding, leaving half a hundred dead and affecting around 14,179 families, according to Bolivian Army Capt. Moshé Meza, quoted by the SNGR. Crops and livestock have also been lost.

In La Paz, a mudslide left infrastructure damage valued at a minimum of 92 million dollars, according to the city’s mayor, Luis Revilla.