“Drought: Evo admits lack of anticipation before effects”

By Los Tiempos Staff | 11/13/2016 | (Translated from Spanish with Google Translate)


Bolivian President Evo Morales admits to not taking the necessary provisions in the face of the worsening drought. He expressed his sincerest apologies as he recognizes that many have been affected across the country, in both urban and rural areas. Some parts of the country completely lack water, and many more situations are worsening. Residents of affected areas are even migrating to Chile due to water scarcity. Morales says that carrying out projects with more force focusing on water supply and irrigation will counteract the effect of this climate phenomenon, and that two wells will be brought to the suffering populations. He highlights that his plan, called “My Water,” has helped millions of people and will protect water as a human right as per the recent UN position and their Bolivian constitution. 


Faced with the effects of the drought that the country is going through, President Evo Morales admitted that the necessary provisions were not taken against this problem.


"I am very sorry, the drought affected us quite a lot in the countryside as well as in the city, I am very sorry also (because) in some cities and some regions of rural areas we have not foreseen", he said, during his speech in an act of delivery of a Irrigation system in Cochabamba.


There are already five departments that suffer from the lack of water and there are regions where the situation worsens, as in the southern municipality of Chipaya, where the mayor reported migration to Chile due to water shortages. While in La Paz there is only water every two days in more than 90 neighborhoods and traders report that the sale of tanks to collect water rose.

President Evo Morales delivered a sprinkler irrigation system yesterday in the Melga community, municipality of Sacaba, which will benefit 543 families, a concurrent project between the national government and the Mayor's Office.


Regarding the impact of the drought both in the countryside and in the cities, he said that "with more force" are carrying out projects of water supply and irrigation to counteract the effect of this climate phenomenon, reported ABI.


He said that among the programs implemented to provide water to the population is "Our well", recently created, which currently mobilizes 47 drillers throughout the country.


As a result of this work, indicated that on Friday, in Tolata, two wells were delivered to the population of that region.


He also said he was confident that more investment would be guaranteed for water projects because the economic situation improved from the nationalization of hydrocarbons and the recovery of strategic companies, in addition to Bolivia being actively involved in climate change summits.


The lack of water for human consumption is getting worse. This is the case of the municipality of Chipaya, in Oruro, where people are very affected, both due to the drought and the diversion of the river Lauca and faced with the critical situation, some choose to leave their communities and go to Chile, reported ANF.


"There are many problems because of the lack of water, there are problems on the Lauca River, its tributary has dropped significantly and we are suffering a lot, this year has been more serious, no longer reaches the water at all, we are fighting between us and many are migrating To Chile, "the mayor of Chipaya, Vicente López, told ANF.


He also lamented that Chile diverted the Lauca River, causing water to not reach the communities of the Uru Chipaya culture, affecting its agricultural production (quinoa) and even human consumption.


Meanwhile, "we try to share as little brothers and sisters the little amount of water we still have," Lopez said.


While in La Paz water rationing raises concern for users, who come to hardware stores to get a water tank to collect the liquid after the Public Water and Sanitation Company (Epsas) ordered service cuts for 48 hours In 94 neighborhoods, reported the site Urgentebo.


In the hardware stores of downtown La Paz, tanks became a staple because of the lack of water and prices ranged between 300 and 450 Bolivians, depending on their capacity.


A hardware dealer explained that a 300-liter tank costs 300 Bolivians and the 400-liter tank costs 450 Bolivians.


Epsas issued a statement asking the population to "make rational use" of the service because the excessive collection generated over demand in the potabilization plant.




Through its Twitter account, President Evo Morales said yesterday that the government's "Mi Agua" program, in four years of effectiveness, prevented more than one million people from suffering from drought and reiterated that access to water is a human right, posture that later assumed the UN.


"With 'My Water' program in 4 years, we avoided that more than one million Bolivians suffer from drought. Water is a human right by Constitution," he wrote in his @evoespueblo account.



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