Bolivia Hit Again by Devastating Floods

March 17, 2008

Last year Bolivia experienced its worst flooding in 25 years, killing 35 people, drowning 22,500 head of cattle, and destroying nearly 500,000 acres of cropland. Over 90,000 people were affected in some way due to the devastation. Homes, furniture, personal belongings and crops were lost.

December began the early arrival of another rainy season. This time the flooding lasted for 41 days – beginning on December 15, 2007 and continuing until January 24, 2008.

Serving Jesus Christ Mission in Bolivia was already equipped with two boats due to their river evangelism outreach. Last year they were able to reach some of the victims with medical care. This year the ministry boats were used to evacuate the people who were living along the rivers. Because of this most recent flooding disaster, more people are dead, more families are displaced, and more acreage has been destroyed.