35 killed in Bolivia cold snap *LINK*
Posted By: karibkween In Response To: A real-life Noah’s Ark *LINK* (karibkween)
Date: Tuesday, 5 July 2011, at 7:47 p.m.
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LA PAZ: Freezing temperatures in Bolivia killed at least 35 people, and forecasts expect conditions to worsen in the coming days.
Fog and snow has descended on the Bolivian capital in a cold snap that has killed at least 35 people.
The poor area of El Alto, which sits at much higher elevation than the rest of La Paz at 4,000 metres above sea level (13,100 feet), has been the worst hit.
Authorities at the Fight Against Crime Special Forces said at least 33 people have died in El Alto's impoverished suburbs alone.
Residents in El Alto blame climate change for the harsh conditions, which buildings and heating systems in the area are not prepared for.
Homeless people who can't bundle up against the cold and have only blankets to protect themselves from the freezing temperatures are those most at risk from hypothermia.
The health ministry also reported 40,000 new cases of respiratory illnesses per week since the cold snap started.
Temperatures have dived to minus five degrees Celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit) in La Paz and the local weather services says the mercury will continue to drop in the coming days. (Reuters)
Residents in El Alto blame climate change
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