Sunday 21 December 2014

Mudslide buries Bolivian village

Published 10/02/2014 | 02:02

Farmers dig through the mud in search of survivors after a mudslide buried a small settlement in Bolivia (AP)
Farmers dig through the mud in search of survivors after a mudslide buried a small settlement in Bolivia (AP)

Heavy rains caused a mudslide that buried a small Bolivian settlement, killing at least four people, while nine are listed as missing.

Jimena Alegre, an official for the Morochota municipality, said the mudslide occurred on Saturday night in the Quechua community of Chuypakasa and buried the homes of 15 families.

Rescue squads were digging through the site in the hope of finding more survivors.

The emergency services were from Cochabamba, which is about 135 miles east of the capital of La Paz.

Heavy rains have been falling across most of Bolivia since November and an estimated 46,800 families have been affected.

AP

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