The heavy rains recorded across much of the country have caused landslides on interdepartmental routes. Including on the Potosí-Sucre road and in the Yungas de La Paz between Caranavi and Santa Bárbara.
Meanwhile, 300 emergency calls were received in the country’s capital, Sucre, over the weekend due to rains such as flooded houses and fallen trees.
Vice Minister of Civil Defense Juan Carlos Calvimontes pointed out that the rainy season is beginning and that disasters have various causes, including climate change, urban growth without planning, exploitation of aggregates and the invasion of the security strip.
The deputy minister recommended yesterday to take into account the orange warning from the National Service of Meteorology and Hydrology (Senamhi) of possible flooding in three departments: Potosí, Tarija and Chuquisaca. The hydrological alert is expected to last through December 6th.
A landslide was recorded on the Potosí-Sucre motorway, making it impossible to pass through for several hours.
Yesterday, “a landslide was reported on the asphalt layer on the Potosí-Sucre motorway near the municipality of Retiro. Due to the bad weather, a large number of stones fell on the asphalt layer, ”said the police.
This circumstance prevented cars from passing through for a few hours and at the request of the driver, the Bolivian Highway Administration (ABC) released a lane.
La Paz Yungas
The heavy rains caused landslides and mazamorra on the Caranavi-Santa Bárbara route. Some passengers risked their lives to cross the pass. According to ABC, four other sectors are also affected.
“Given the heavy rainfall on the RVF 003 Santa Bárbara-Caranavi-Ququibey route in the Santa Bárbara sector, this means a case of mazamorra and landslides for the general population as well as for public and private transport companies,” says the ABC statement.
The fall of Mazamorra affected the roads and obstructed the passage of vehicles. Even a truck was dragged through the mud.
The ABC reported that after the collapse in the Llallagua-Ravelo section, an alternative road was made possible by micro-businesses.
THERE ARE RISKS IN 3 DEPARTMENTS
In Potosí, a warning has been issued for the Tumusla and San Juan del Oro basins, which may affect the municipalities of Cotagaita, Tumusla, Mojinete, Chuquiago, Tupiza, Villazón, La Quiaca and the surrounding areas.
In Chuquisaca, in the catchment area of the Upper Parapeti, with possible effects on the provinces of Azurduy, Huacareta and Monteagudo.
In Tarija, in the upper Guadalquivir basin, with a likely impact on San Mateo Norte and Sur and the surrounding communities.
The mayors were also asked to activate their early warning mechanisms in order to avoid major disasters.