Bolivian authorities say floods have killed at least 13 people in the Andean nation and left thousands homeless.

Some of the worst-hit areas are in eastern Santa Cruz province, where heavy seasonal rainfall in recent weeks has caused widespread flooding.

Newly-inaugurated President Evo Morales has appealed for international aid. Local media report aid shipments are arriving from Venezuela and Japan while Cuba plans to send a team of doctors.

International donors have also offered aid, including the Inter-American Development Bank and the Andean Development Corporation.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.