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Hard hitting drought grips Bolivia

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 01:01

The worst drought in 25 years is gripping Bolivia as the government allocates extra funds to help alleviate water shortages. Julie Noce reports.

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A truck carrying water arrives at a school in La Paz, Bolivia. A hard hitting drought- the country's worst in 25 years- is affecting large swaths of the county. Bolivia's Ministry of Education has called for schools like this one to close early to prevent infection from spreading. (nats filling buckets) Some 125,000 families have been affected. Most neighbourhoods in the capital are getting water supplies just three days a week. Residents say they can barely make ends meet. We're getting water just for our consumption, this woman said. We can't clean ourselves much less wash our clothes. President Evo Morales who visited drought stricken regions has made funds available to help alleviate the crisis. A state of emergency was declared earlier this week- which comes after more than half of the country's municipalities had declared their own drought emergencies.

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Hard hitting drought grips Bolivia

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 01:01