LA PAZ, Bolivia, March 16 (Reuters)
- At least 1,200 families have lost their belongings and 230 square
miles (60,000 hectares) of crops have been badly damaged in floods in Bolivia's
eastern district of Santa Cruz, local officials said on Thursday.
Abnormally intense and unforeseen rains
caused the Pirai and Grande rivers to overflow for the past three days,
covering much of the country's richest area, home to a important soybean
A vast aid operation is under way, but
the district government has been overwhelmed by the havoc, Santa Cruz Gov.
Ramon Prada said.