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Deadly floods hit drought-stricken Bolivia

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Several areas of drought-stricken Bolivia received heavy rain over the past couple of days, leading to flooding which claimed lives of at least 4 deaths.

As of December 5, national authorities reported that three people have been killed in Cochabamba department. The victims include a young child who was swept away by flood waters. A mother and her baby daughter died in their flooded home.

Over 140 homes have been damaged and over 5 300 people have been evacuated in the central and northern departments of the country.

In Tipuani, the department of La Paz, some 150 families were affected by flooding on November 28. One person, a local school teacher, died in the flooding, the Floodlist reported.

The floods have also affected 50 families in Lagunillas, Santa Cruz department after the Parapeti River burst its banks.

Bolivia is currently experiencing its worst drought in 25 years, which led to the declaration of a state of emergency on November 21, 2016. 

Featured image: Flood aftermath in Tiquipaya, Cochabamba, Bolivia – December 2016. Credit: El Policial Bolivia

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