Published: Sunday 31 March 2002

A storm of high intensity swept through the Bolivian capital of La Paz, claiming 48 lives. The storm brought the worst floods and hailstorms in the 500-year history of the city.

Many people suffered injuries and some went missing. As a result of the storm, the Choqueyapu river overflowed destroying road surfaces and brick walls. Five persons were found dead in the San Francisco tunnel after the storm flooded the underground channel. The worst affected areas were the Deep Street Market, Jarampampa, and the southern districts of the city.

While a state of emergency was sounded in La Paz, President Jorge Quiroga paid a personal visit to the affected areas.

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