Bolivia declares emergency over weeks of flooding

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Associated Press

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 4:32 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 28 at 4:36 PM

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivia's government has declared a national emergency to deal with flooding that has claimed at least 30 lives and forced some 21,000 families from their homes over the past two months.

Civil Defense chief Oscar Cabrera said Tuesday that a 10th body had been found from a weekend mudslide in the town of Rurrenabaque triggered by heavy rain

Vice President Alvaro Garcia Linera's approval of the emergency degree frees up at least $1 million for victims of flooding that has hit hardest the regions of La Paz, Beni, Santa Cruz and Cochabamba.

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