A landslide is known as a geological phenomenon including a wide range of ground movement, such as rock falls, deep failure of slopes and debris. Although the action of gravity is the prime reason of landslide, there are other contributing factors affecting the slope instability from human activities. Recently, there have been a number of disasters around the world; one of typical examples is hill collapse in Bolivia triggered from intense rains as a result of La Nina, a climatic phenomenon caused by a shift in currents in the Pacific Ocean. In few months ago, parts of Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico and Central America also experienced severe flooding.
A hilltop under heavy rains over the weekend collapsed a poor area of the Bolivian capital, resulting in cracked roads and a number of destroyed homes, at least 400 in ruin. People’s belongings have been buried under mud and debris as a consequence.
There was great damage in the barrio of Callapa.
"So far we are talking about 5,000 (people) affected, but the slide is affecting neighbourhoods in lower areas.” a city government spokesman, Edwin Herrera said.
Residents were called to evacuate when the hill started to slide after prolonged rains. The cracks turned up everywhere, in streets and homes.
At least 44 deaths and 10,000 people becoming homeless are the consequence of heavy rains around the country in recent weeks.
Meanwhile heavily equipped crews tried to stop the earth moving to other regions, residents were in effort of rescuing possessions.
More homes were brought down due to continuing landslide.
The worst flood has stricken the low lands in the northern Amazon, where dozens of victims have been isolated.
Soldiers from Defense Ministry were in recovery efforts.
Bolivia’s military have distributed supplies to the most severely-hit areas.
People began to evacuate on Saturday night.
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