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Infrastructure damage from La Paz mudslide totals US$50mn (Bolivia)
Bolivia's La Paz mayor Luis Revilla has said it will cost at least US$50mn to repair both public and private infrastructure damaged by the mudslide that struck capital La Paz on February 27.


The damage to paved roads, sidewalks, pipelines, prevention walls and other public infrastructure totals around US$16.8mn, state news agency ABI reported.


The disaster has forced water utility Epsas to suspend water service to 80,000 residents in 41 neighborhoods to avoid further mudslides in the area and damage to its pipelines. The cuts will last at least three months while the area is stabilized, Revilla said.


The utility has begun supplying potable water by truck to the affected areas, and will continue doing so every other day until the service is fully restored.


The environment and water ministry (MMAyA) has said it will coordinate with Epsas and the basic sanitation department to reestablish potable water service as quickly as possible.


The landslide destroyed or damaged more than 1,500 houses and left around 800 homeless.

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