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Rock Crushes House, Kills Teen in Bolivia

LA PAZ Ė A 14-year-old boy was killed when a 20-ton rock dislodged by the torrential rains in Bolivia crushed his familyís house in the southern section of La Paz, the capitalís executive secretary, Javier Zarate, said.

The house, located at the foot of Colorado hill in La Pazís Amor de Dios neighborhood, was occupied by a family of five.

The huge rock fell on the house at around 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, apparently after the heavy rains in the area loosened the soil and dislodged it, Zarate said.

The other four members of the family were rescued and treated at a hospital for minor injuries, but the rock crushed the teenagerís room, killing him while he slept, the city official said.

Bolivian media reported that the family is Dutch, but this has not been confirmed by officials.

City officials sent heavy equipment to the house to remove the rock and inspected the hill to determine if there was any danger of other rocks coming loose.

Several mudslides have occurred in recent weeks in La Paz due to the heavy rains, which have affected dozens of families and dwellings, but no one had been killed in the capital until Saturday.

At least a dozen people, however, have died across Bolivia and more than 28,000 families have suffered losses in the torrential rains.

President Evo Morales declared a state of emergency in the Andean nation because of the rains.
 

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