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Mudslides Destroy Homes in Bolivia


People recover belongings after a landslide, triggered by heavy rains, destroyed around 100 houses at the Valle de Flores neighborhood in La Paz, Bolivia, February 27, 2011

People recover belongings after a landslide, triggered by heavy rains, destroyed around 100 houses at the Valle de Flores neighborhood in La Paz, Bolivia, February 27, 2011

Authorities in Bolivia say mudslides triggered by heavy rains have swept away at least 400 homes in the La Paz area, leaving thousands of people homeless.

Officials say residents evacuated affected neighborhoods on Saturday after a rain-soaked hill began sliding and cracks appeared in the streets. The disaster is being described as the worst to ever hit the city.

There have been no immediate reports of fatalities.

Authorities say landslides are likely to continue as more waterlogged hillsides give way.

The La Nina weather phenomenon has been blamed for the severe weather.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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