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Landslides in Bolivia: SOS Children to help children and families

Landslides in Bolivia: SOS Children to help children and families

A landslide caused by intense rains has destroyed more than 300 homes in the Bolivian city of La Paz, leaving thousands homeless.

Much of La Paz is built on steep mountainsides, and landslides are not uncommon, but officials say this was one of the worst the city has ever seen.

A preliminary report on the situation revealed that no children or families supported by SOS Children have been injured. However, three SOS Social Centres in the areas of Valle de las Flores, Kupini Second, and Jokoni have been damaged.

We have now begun to prepare an Emergency Relief Programme to help those affected. We are working closely with government agencies and NGOs that address children's issues to ensure that affected children are identified and given adequate care as soon as possible. Bolivia landslide March 2011 1

The government says this year's rainy season has been particularly severe as a result of La Nina, a climatic phenomenon caused by a shift in currents in the Pacific Ocean.

At present there are nine SOS Children's Villages, nine SOS Youth Homes, three SOS Schools, five SOS Vocational Training Centres as well as nine SOS Social Centres in Bolivia.