At least 16 people have died in landslides in La Paz Department, Bolivia.
Heavy rain from 02 February caused 2 landslides along the Yolosita-Caranavi highway in Caranavi Province, burying several vehicles. Local authorities said that at least 16 people died and 53 were injured.
Rain in the area has also caused the overflow of the Coroico and Yara rivers. Flooding has been reported in 11 districts of the city of Caranavi, in particular La Costanera and 13 de Diciembre, prompting evacuations.
Schools have been closed in affected areas and a disaster emergency declared by the provincial government.
On 05 February, Bolivia’s National Service of Meteorology and Hydrology (Senamhi) issued a red and orange alerts for the departments of Cochabamba, Beni, La Paz, Potosí, Chuquisaca, Tarija and Pando, because possible overflows of rivers due to intense rainfall.
Local media reported that around 3,500 families in San Bojra Municipality, Beni have been affected by flooding from the overflowing Maniqui river.
Hemos ido al lugar del deslizamiento y vimos la gravedad del desastre. Hemos conversado con personas damnificadas, transportistas y autoridades para recabar información. La habilitación del camino requiere una solución estructural que va a llevar un tiempo. pic.twitter.com/iRQBZ7ZK0W
— Evo Morales Ayma (@evoespueblo) February 4, 2019
— viral bolivia (@ViralBolivia) February 4, 2019
Deslizamiento en #Caranavi (Yolosita), deja 8 fallecidos y 17 heridos.
"El deslizamiento ha provocado que dos vehículos sean arrastrados por una quebrada, de los cuales se ha evacuado ocho fallecidos", afirmó, Oscar Coca.
Fotografías: APG pic.twitter.com/JmRX1tMEBx
— Bolivia Comunica (@BoliviaComOfic) February 3, 2019
AVISO DE ALERTA HIDROLÓGICA N°11/19 pic.twitter.com/slX6rkoxWA
— SENAMHI BOLIVIA (@SENAMHI_BOLIVIA) February 5, 2019