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A sunken town rises

<p>This combination photograph shows the ruins of a church in the Andean town of Potosi in 2008 (L) and its current state on February 21, 2010. The 25-meter-tall church and ruins of a Potosi town flooded in the early 1980s have emerged from the Uribante-Caparo water reservoir after a drought reduced water levels.  REUTERS/Jorge Silva and file photo courtesy of Diario La Nacion  </p>

This combination photograph shows the ruins of a church in the Andean town of Potosi in 2008 (L) and its current state on February 21, 2010. The 25-meter-tall church and ruins of a Potosi town flooded in the early 1980s have emerged from the...more

This combination photograph shows the ruins of a church in the Andean town of Potosi in 2008 (L) and its current state on February 21, 2010. The 25-meter-tall church and ruins of a Potosi town flooded in the early 1980s have emerged from the Uribante-Caparo water reservoir after a drought reduced water levels. REUTERS/Jorge Silva and file photo courtesy of Diario La Nacion

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<p>Waterlines indicating previous water levels are seen at the Uribante-Caparo water reservoir in the Andean state of Tachira February 21, 2010.  REUTERS/Jorge Silva </p>

Waterlines indicating previous water levels are seen at the Uribante-Caparo water reservoir in the Andean state of Tachira February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Waterlines indicating previous water levels are seen at the Uribante-Caparo water reservoir in the Andean state of Tachira February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>The ruins of a church is seen in the Andean town of Potosi February 21, 2010.  REUTERS/Jorge Silva </p>

The ruins of a church is seen in the Andean town of Potosi February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

The ruins of a church is seen in the Andean town of Potosi February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>Josefa Garcia, 74, former resident of Potosi, walks by the first time after she leaves the town in front of the ruins of a church in the Andean town of Potosi February 21, 2010.  REUTERS/Jorge Silva </p>

Josefa Garcia, 74, former resident of Potosi, walks by the first time after she leaves the town in front of the ruins of a church in the Andean town of Potosi February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Josefa Garcia, 74, former resident of Potosi, walks by the first time after she leaves the town in front of the ruins of a church in the Andean town of Potosi February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>The ruins of a church is seen in the Andean town of Potosi February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Silva </p>

The ruins of a church is seen in the Andean town of Potosi February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

The ruins of a church is seen in the Andean town of Potosi February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>This combination picture shows (top) a January 2009 file photo of a partially submerged church ruin in the Uribante-Caparo reservoir, and its current state (bottom) as pictured on February 21, 2010.   REUTERS/Jorge Silva and file courtesy of Diario La Nacion/Files    </p>

This combination picture shows (top) a January 2009 file photo of a partially submerged church ruin in the Uribante-Caparo reservoir, and its current state (bottom) as pictured on February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Silva and file courtesy of Diario...more

This combination picture shows (top) a January 2009 file photo of a partially submerged church ruin in the Uribante-Caparo reservoir, and its current state (bottom) as pictured on February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Silva and file courtesy of Diario La Nacion/Files

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<p>The ruins of a church is seen in the Andean town of Potosi February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Silva</p>

The ruins of a church is seen in the Andean town of Potosi February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

The ruins of a church is seen in the Andean town of Potosi February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>The ruins of a church is seen in the Andean town of Potosi February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Silva </p>

The ruins of a church is seen in the Andean town of Potosi February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

The ruins of a church is seen in the Andean town of Potosi February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>Vicente Elias Garcia, a former resident of Potosi, looks at the ruins of a church for the first time after he left the Andean town of Potosi February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Silva </p>

Vicente Elias Garcia, a former resident of Potosi, looks at the ruins of a church for the first time after he left the Andean town of Potosi February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Vicente Elias Garcia, a former resident of Potosi, looks at the ruins of a church for the first time after he left the Andean town of Potosi February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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<p>Josefa Garcia (C) and her brothers Luis (R) and Vicente Elias, former residents of Potosi, pose as they visit the ruins of Potosi in the Andean state of Tachira February 21, 2010.  REUTERS/Jorge Silva </p>

Josefa Garcia (C) and her brothers Luis (R) and Vicente Elias, former residents of Potosi, pose as they visit the ruins of Potosi in the Andean state of Tachira February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Josefa Garcia (C) and her brothers Luis (R) and Vicente Elias, former residents of Potosi, pose as they visit the ruins of Potosi in the Andean state of Tachira February 21, 2010. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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