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Bolivia: Thousands Displaced by “Unprecedented” Floods

HeadlineFeb 26, 2015

In northern Bolivia, thousands of people have been displaced by historic floods after the Acre River overflowed its banks. Footage from the area shows residents paddling in boats through flooded streets. Vice President Álvaro García Linera spoke during a visit to the region.

Vice President Álvaro García Linera: “As you have seen, various houses, various towns have been affected. It is unprecedented. We see flooding each year, but this year it has reached levels we have not seen before. … In our visit through these streets, which have now become rivers, we have seen between 500 and 800 houses affected, at least. That means 800, 1,000, 1,500 families who have had water rising up to the second floor in their houses. In some cases, the water is covering the roof.”

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