World weather impactsAt least 18 people have died after heavy rain led to landslides and widespread flooding in Bolivia, according to government officials.
Prensa Latina reported on January 22nd that in the past few weeks all nine of the country's departments have been badly affected by rain and hailstorms, which local meteorologists have attributed to the La Nina climate phenomenon.
In addition to the fatalities, around 20,000 families have been caught up in the floods.
The government has now declared a state of emergency, allowing additional funds to be diverted to the rescue effort and to provide food supplies for those affected.
Jan 22 - At least six more people have died in Bolivia as floods claim more lives. Flooding in Bolivia has killed at least 27 people since last November. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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