Bolivia flash flood leaves 30 dead

January 31, 2011 09:32 am | Updated November 17, 2021 03:30 am IST - LA PAZ (Bolivia)

Police in Bolivia say a raging river has swept at least 30 people to their deaths after swamping a bus and a truck that tried to cross.

Chuquisaca police chief Iver Marquez says 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 on Sunday that police and soldiers have joined locals in the remote southern area to look for more victims.

Mr. Marquez 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.

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