210 killed in Bolivia disaster

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The Independent Online
LA PAZ (Reuter) - At least 210 people were killed and hundreds more were missing and feared dead after a landslide buried a camp in Bolivia's northern gold- mining region, Bolivian radio said yesterday.

President Jaime Paz Zamora declared the site a 'national disaster' area and said it marked the worst mining disaster in Bolivian history. The sludge and rock slide, caused by torrential rains, occurred early on Tuesday morning, sweeping away 90 per cent of the precarious houses at the Llipi Limitada mining camp some 200km (125 miles) north of La Paz.

Police and rescue workers recovered 210 bodies from the site in the Tipuani valley yesterday, according to reports from the scene by Bolivia's private Fides radio.