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Bolivia: Heavy rains render 8,000 Bolivian families homeless


LA PAZ, (Xinhua): Hail storms, downpours and landslides have made 8,159 families across Bolivia homeless and damaged about 2,000 hectares of farmland, authorities said Friday.

Vice Civil Defense Minister Oscar Cabrera said 48 towns in eight states have been affected, with the south sustaining the most severe damage, where three states will receive priority emergency aid, particularly food aid.

The government will devise a recovery plan to prevent refugee flows to Argentina, Cabrera added.

The Civil Defense Ministry has allocated some 2.5 million U.S. dollars to cover nationwide emergency services such as buying blankets, food supplies and the machinery needed to carry out recovery work, he said.

Editor: Lu Hui

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