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30 dead as flash flood hits Bolivia

A raging river has swept at least 30 people to their deaths after swamping a bus and a truck that tried to cross, police in Bolivia said.

Chuquisaca police chief Iver Marquez said volunteer rescuers have recovered 30 bodies so far, and more people are feared missing.

Thirteen people managed to reach safety on dry land.

Mr Marquez told state-run news agency ABI that police and soldiers have joined locals in the remote southern area to look for more victims.

He said the vehicles became trapped in the muddy waters of the Molle Punku River on Friday night.

Intense hail hours earlier unleashed the flash flood in the river, which is dry much of the year.

There is no bridge where the vehicles were trying to cross.


From Belfast Telegraph