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Bolivia is a country in central South America, with a varied terrain spanning Andes Mountains, the Atacama Desert and Amazon Basin rainforest. At more than 3,500m, its administrative capital, La Paz, sits on the Andes’ Altiplano plateau with snow-capped Mt. Illimani in the background. Nearby is glass-smooth Lake Titicaca, the continent’s largest lake, straddling the border with Peru. ― Google

Capital: Sucre

President: Luis Arce

Population: 11.67 million (2020) World Bank

Currency: Boliviano

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Bolivia - Wildfires

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The wildfires are still affecting several parts of Bolivia. According to COGIC the burnt area is approximately 180,000 ha and Chiquitania, Béni and northern La Paz are the most affected areas. 

According to media as of 22 November, at least 1,500 passengers were affected by cancellations and delays at the airports in Santa Cruz, Cochabamba and Beni.

Following the activation of the EU Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) on 20 November, France and Spain  have offered assistance consisting of Ground Forest Firefighting (GFFF) modules with over 180 firefighters and 1 drone unit.

The Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMSR709) was activated in rapid mapping mode to provide damage assessment.

Over the next 48 hours, according to the GWIS, the fire danger forecast is expected to be moderate in the affected areas, while it is expected from moderate to extreme western and southern Bolivia.

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Humanitarian Impact
  1,500
      Affected Persons
                ↳ Updated: 24-Nov-23

OCHA coordinates the global emergency response to save lives and protect people in humanitarian crises.

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