Bolivia is frequently hit by natural disasters, including earthquakes, floods, landslides, storms and drought. The country is also one of the poorest in Latin America.
In early 2014, the worst rains in five years caused heavy flooding and landslides affecting an estimated 335,000 people. In response, the Emergency Relief Coordinator approved a rapid response grant from CERF on 25 March. The US$3.2 million allocation will support critical assistance, including the provision of shelter, food, sanitation facilities and access to clean water.
In 2013, CERF allocated $2.4 million for emergency assistance to people affected by drought in Bolivia. Since 2006, Bolivia has received almost $17 million from CERF in response to natural disasters.