BBCnews.com, Feb. 12, 2008
Bolivian President Evo Morales has declared a national disaster as his government tries to cope with the aftermath of widespread flooding.
Floods caused by weeks of rain have left 51 dead in the eastern lowlands.
Mr. Morales on Monday toured the worst-hit province,
It is the second year in a row that
The floods have left more than 40,000 people homeless, officials say.
Rivers have broken their banks and floodwaters are threatening to breach a raised road surrounding the provincial capital of
The government has been distributing food and tents in Trinidad, while rescue teams backed by helicopters from
Mr. Morales' declaration authorises the government to release funds to help tackle the crisis.
The president had been under pressure to act from opposition governors in the eastern states, who had accused him of reacting too slowly, the Associated Press reported.
Since November, several parts of