LA PAZ – Two people, a father and his son, went missing in the central Bolivian region of Chapare in a flood caused by the heavy rains that are falling all across the country, the director de the Defense Ministry’s emergency management office, Gen. Rafael Uria, said on Saturday.
Uria said that emergency services are looking for the two people who fell three days ago from a boat into the water and who will remain on the list of missing persons as long as their bodies are not found to confirm their deaths.
According to the official, if they are found dead, this would be the second case of fatalities from the rains in Bolivia, after three women, two adults and a little girl, died on Dec. 26 when they fell in a river in the western Andean province of Potosi.
The tropical area of Chapare has been hit hardest by overflowing rivers, and the municipalities there have declared a red alert, while the rest of Bolivia is on orange alert,” Gen. Uria added.
In recent weeks, the rains affected 5,500 families across the country, of whom 2,200 are in Chapare, according to a report by the civil defense agency.
President Evo Morales’ government is spending $6.6 million to deal with the problems that have arisen in the country during the rainy season.