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Floods Waters Raise Health Risks

February 10, 2010 — Severe flooding in Bolivia has forced thousands of families from their homes and now many face severe health risks.

Torrential rain has caused several major rivers to spill their banks near Trinidad, forcing about 100,000 people to move to higher ground.

Many evacuees are coping with makeshift campsites while they wait out the storm.

The continued rising water threatens to cut off access to the road that connects the smaller villages to Trinidad.

Affected families are now facing growing health concerns. Residents must get safe drinking water from a large water tank.

There are several health concerns involved with this ranging from intestinal infections to malaria.

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