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Bolivian road crumbles after heavy rain triggers landslide

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People walk on a destroyed road after a landslide in the Kupini and Valle de las Flores districts in La Paz, Bolivia, on Monday, Feb. 28. Heavy rains triggered landslides in the area on Sunday, leaving two people dead, dozens injured and destroying hundreds of houses.

AP reports residents began evacuating late Saturday when a hill, saturated after prolonged rains, began sliding and cracks appeared in streets and homes around La Paz.

"My neighbors were running around and told me to get out," said Maria Elena Siles, the mother of three adolescent children. "I looked out the window and there were no more homes to the left or the right of mine."

Siles was able to flee before the hill collapsed entirely early Sunday.

By day, amid a persistent drizzle, some residents scrambled over the unstable terrain to try to rescue furniture and other possessions from the muck.

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Residents began evacuating late Saturday when the hill, saturated after prolonged rains, began sliding and cracks appeared in streets and home.

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A view of cementery after a landslide in the Kupini and Valle de las Flores districts in La Paz February 28.

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A firefighter recovers belongings in the southern Valle de Las Flores area, in La Paz, on February 28.

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General view of the southern Valle de Las Flores area, in La Paz, on February 28. following landslides caused by heavy rains affecting the region. Over 4.000 people were evacuated and some 400 houses have been devastated by the landslides in the "biggest disaster" in the Bolivian capital according to authorities.

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