El Niño Weather Phenomenon Causes 14 Dead in Bolivia

La Paz, Jan 18 (Prensa Latina) The climate phenomenon El Niño killed 14 people and damaged about 20,600 families in Bolivia, confirmed today Deputy Minister of Civil Defense, Oscar Cabrera.

"January and February are the most critical moths of the impact of El Niño, which killed 14 people due to recklessness and electric shocks," Cabrera told reporters.

He added the climate event, causing flooding and overflowing rivers and, in contrast, drought, affected families in 78 municipalities in the Bolivian Chaco (Santa Cruz, Chuquisaca and Tarija), the west, east and north of La Paz.

The Civil Defense said that through the operational arm of the Armed Forces mobilized 300 tons of humanitarian aid, consisting of food like sugar, noodles, oil, medicines and other supplies to the affected areas.

'We urge the utmost caution in the coastal populations because strong torrential and short-term rains threaten to trigger disasters.

According to reports, no flooding in the departments of Pando and Beni was recorded, but the Civil Defense emergency remains in view of any contingency," he said.

The deputy minister recalled that the government of President Evo Morales took action as building protection rings and platforms for evacuation of livestock in Trinidad, Santa Ana del Yacuma, San Joaquin, San Borja and other localities of Beni.

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