Bolivia will provide housing for families displaced by last month's landslides in La Paz, President Evo Morales said after meeting with representatives of the victims Saturday.
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Among the proposed solutions is a free, three-bedroom apartment or financial assistance to rebuild family homes.
From his official Twitter account, the president wrote, "We met with the brothers who were affected by the slip-in #LaPaz. As a government will not abandon them, so we decided to donate apartments with three bedrooms for homeowners who lost everything, and those who were tenants we help them rebuild their homes.
“As of Monday, we will begin the delivery of the apartments in #LaPaz y #ElAlto. We are surprised and grateful for the solidarity of the people of La Paz, that is the way to live in solidarity. When these kinds of situations arise, the most important thing is to save life,” Morales said.
Some 180 families have been displaced and four reported missing, the La Paz mayor’s office said, calling the after effects a “waking nightmare.” Authorities said that many of the homes were not certified for construction and consequently 17 zones in the city have been tagged as a “red zone."
At least 75 homes in the neighborhoods of Kantutani and Concepcion Inmaculada were completely destroyed by the landslide last week. A total of 164 homes were severely damaged and, according to reports, another 79 other homes are on the brink of collapse.