Deadly floods threatening livestock across Bolivia
Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 01:22
Feb. 16 - Ranchers in Bolivia are racing to rescue their livestock before floodwaters rise any further. Nathan Frandino reports.
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Motoring over flooded farmlands in Bolivia, rancher Pablo Montenegro is in a race against time.
He's scrambling to save his livestock before floodwaters leave them to die.
(SOUNDBITE)(Spanish) RANCHER OF LOS ALAMOS HACIENDA, PABLO MONTENEGRO, SAYING:
"Every day we are looking for our cattle and taking them to higher places where there is more food and where it is dry. But unfortunately, now, there aren't any dry areas - just water."
Floods have been ravaging northern Bolivia for weeks and are expected to stay at current levels for at least the next 10 days.
Countless heads of cattle and other livestock previously trapped are being guided to higher ground.
Cowboy Pedro Chucaba is also getting desperate.
Some cattle are already dead and others are slowly starving to death.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) COWBOY OF LOS ALAMOS HACIENDA, PEDRO CHUCABA, SAYING:
"The problem of the cattle, why they're so thin, is because there isn't any more food and there is more rain which causes the flooding. The cattle, because of the cold and the dampness, get sick and fall and can't get up anymore until they die."
He and his family must wait until the ranchers have relocated the cattle before they can leave.
More than 17,000 hectares, or 42,000 acres, of farmland are flooded across the country.
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