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Bolivia declares flood emergency

Bolivia, S.A.
Bolivian President Evo Morales has declared a national disaster as his government tries to cope with the aftermath of widespread flooding. SEE VIDEO FOOTAGE


Floods caused by rain have left more than 60 dead in the eastern lowlands.

Mr Morales on Monday toured the worst-hit province, Beni, where thousands of people have had to leave their homes amid rising floodwaters.

It is the second year in a row that Bolivia has seen such floods, which officials blame on climate change.

The floods have left more than 40,000 people homeless, officials say.



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