Some 40 Dead In Flooding In Bolivia


News Americas, La Paz, Bolivia, Mon. Feb. 28, 2011: Heavy rain in Bolivia has killed at least 40 others and left more than 10,000 homeless.

The Bolivian government declared a national emergency last week because of torrential rains across much of the country. Officials say it is the worst flooding in the northern Amazon lowlands, where dozens of rural communities have been cut off by rivers that have burst their banks.

In La Paz, at least five people drowned when a minibus was swept away by a swollen river. Much of La Paz is built on steep mountainsides, and landslides are not uncommon, but officials say this was one of the worst the city has ever seen.

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