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2/26/2007

Aid arrives in flood-hit Bolivia

Earth News: Bolivia, S.A.
Photos of Flood Devastation

Feb 24, 2007
International aid has started to arrive in Bolivia, which in recent weeks has seen its WORST FLOODING IN 25 YEARS. An area the size of the UK is under water after nearly three months of heavy rain. The floods have killed nearly 40, with tens of thousands of people forced from their homes. Health officials have also reported outbreaks of dengue fever. While aid has arrived, landslides are delaying the evacuation of flood zones. More than 350,000 people have been affected, many of them poor indigenous people in remote areas of the country

Torrential Rains/ Floods/ Landslides

PAKISTAN /KASHMIR - At least 13 people were buried alive and five others injured as a passenger van came under a big landslide in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir on Saturday. Local agencies said the mishap occurred at 14:30 local time in a village near Rawalakot, some 60 km northeast of Pakistani capital city of Islamabad, as a rain-triggered landslide hit the wagon. Reports say the death toll might rise as there were some 18 passengers aboard the minibus.

NIGERIA - a landslide disaster in Agwagune community in Biase Local Government Area of Cross River State claimed five lives and caused tremendous damages to the area. There are over 1,208 family units, consisting of 3,855 persons affected in the landslide, while property worth millions of naira was destroyed and over 68 houses submerged. The area is always flooded, out of the 12 months of the Calendar, dry periods persist for four months. The state government has approved an alternative resettlement site for the people, but only 20 per cent of the population relocated due to the prevalent poverty situation amongst the people. The clan head recalled that this was the eighth time the natural disaster had befallen his community and he appealed to the federal government to come to their aid by providing the necessary building materials that could assist total relocation to the new site.

ARKANSAS -USA, A series of severe storms in southern Arkansas catapulted cars into trees, crumpled businesses and ripped mobile homes off the ground Saturday. At least 27 people were injured. Residents of Dumas reported seeing multiple tornadoes. The region was left without electricity, and authorities said an unknown number of people are missing. The storms occurred as a massive system that caused blizzard conditions in the Midwest moved through the region.
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