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Latino Daily News

Sunday February 27, 2011

At Least 400 Homes Have Been Destroyed in Mudslides in Bolivia’s Capital, La Paz

Prolonged Heavy rains are being blamed for a hilltop located in the capital city of La Paz to give way and destroy at least 400 homes.  The mudslide is being described by Bolivian officials as the “worst that La Paz has ever seen.”

The government of La Paz started evacuating late Saturday when the hills, in the Callapa district, started moving.  Today it completely gave way destroying the homes, cracked roads and is now affecting neighborhoods in low lying areas.  The mudslide affected a 200 to 250 acre area, impacting 5,000 residents but no fatalities have been reported.

Mudslides are common in the capital city because the city sits 11,900 ft above sea level surrounded by hills that have communities of people’s homes perched on top. 

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