Hundreds of families in the Amazon community of Cobija are homeless after heavy flooding in northern Bolivia. Mana Rabiee reports.
The water level came so high in this part of northern Bolivia, you can almost miss the houses here. The Amazon community of Cobija is ravaged by flood waters after the Acre river burst its banks -- the water coming so suddenly, people didn't have time to prepare. Bolivia's Vice President met with emergency officials delivering food supplies to this northern region bordering Brazil, and called this the worst flooding the area has seen in years. It's all Omer Rocha can do to salvage a few belongings. The retiree lives with his children and grandchildren and called on the state to help them. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) RETIRED LOCAL AND FLOOD VICTIM, OMER ROCHA, SAYING: "My wife and I have to sacrifice a lot to own what we have, we have worked hard for everything we have in our home. There are so many things." Some 450 families have evacuated their homes and taken shelter in nearby schools but local media say they're nearly at capacity. And the Vice President thinks as many as 1,500 hundred families may have been affected.