The International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated yesterday, on request of UNITAR/UNOSAT on behalf of UNOCHA, due to heavy rainfall, floods, and landslides in the departments of La Paz, Beni and Pando, Bolivia.
Almost 40 people have been killed and hundreds of homes affected due to extensive rainfall since the end of January. The Bolivian authorities assume that more than 50,000 people have been affected.
On 20 December 2013, Bolivia watched its first telecommunications satellite head into space. Tupak Katari (TKSat-1), named after an indigenous hero who fought Spanish colonial rule, was launched by a Chinese Long March 3B/E rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the province of Sichuan.
The director of the Bolivian Space Agency, Ivan Zambrana, has confirmed that the Chinese-funded communications satellite Tupac Katari will be launched into space on 20 December 2013. Satellite Tupac Katari will reduce the cost of telecommunications not only in Bolivia but additionally in other Latin American countries that will have access to it. Mr.
In the central Andes mountains, satellites have detected ground deformation under way above a major subterranean magma body. The Altiplano–Puna volcanic province is part of an active volcanic arc in South America’s central Andes. Extending through Peru, southwestern Bolivia, Chile and northwestern Argentina, it is home to a number of large calderas formed following catastrophic eruptions. Beneath the surface of Altiplano–Puna, about 17–19 km deep, lies the largest known active magma body in Earth’s continental crust.
Heavy rains reported nationwide and attributed to the El Ni?o phenomenon has caused major floods in 6 departments: Cochabamba, Chuquisaca, Tarija, La Paz, Pando and Beni. 3 deaths have been reported, 2 people remain missing and a total of 4,500 families have been affected. The National Council for