The worst floods in Bolivia for fifty years have killed at least 26 people and left 30,000 others homeless.
The worst floods in Bolivia for fifty years have killed at least 26 people and left 30,000 others homeless. In L Paz, more than a hundred families were evacuated during the week from their homes and temporarily housed in public and private buildings.
The floods, which affected a number of areas in the country, followed torrential rains last week (3-9 February). In a Department of Beni, in the eastern region, which was one of the worst affected areas, 13,000 people are now homeless and about ten thousand cattle lost.
In the southern town of Bermejo, near the argentine border, twenty people died, and United Nations officials reported that the region's entire sugar crop had been lost. At a tin mine at Huanuni, which is 120 miles (192 km.) south of La Paz, five miners were crushed to death and several others injured in a roof collapse caused by the floods.
A swollen river in the central province of Cochabamba swept away about twenty-one miles of railway track, and rail company officials estimate the cost of repairing the damage at nearly four-hundred and thirty thousand pounds Sterling. Many crops in the region were also destroyed.
SYNOPSIS: The heavy rains began during the first week of this month, and the Bolivian Government declared a state of emergency on Friday the eighth. The total cost is still not known.