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10 Dec 1992 description


DHA-UNDRO 92/0805
BOLIVIA - MUDSLIDE
DHA-UNDRO INFORMATION REPORT NO. 1
10 DECEMBER 1992

1. AT 04.30 A.M. (LOCAL TIME) ON 8 DECEMBER 1992, AFTER TORRENTIAL RAINS, MUDSLIDE BURIED MINING CAMP LLIPI OF OVER 1,000 PEOPLE LOCATED IN LARECAJA PROVINCE, 285 KM NORTH OF LA PAZ (A 14 HOUR CAR RIDE FROM LA PAZ IN NORMAL CONDITIONS). DHA-UNDRO/UNDP REPRESENTATIVE REPORTS THAT RESCUE OPERATIONS STARTED ON SAME DAY BUT MADE DIFFICULT BY POOR ACCESS ROADS DAMAGED BY RAINS. MAIN IMMEDIATE PROBLEM WAS EVACUATION OF INJURED TO NEAREST MEDICAL CENTRE THREE HOURS AWAY BY ROAD.