Bolivia urges world powers to tackle climate change

Bolivian President Evo Morales recently called on world’s economic powers to seek solutions to climate change and the natural disasters it causes.

“The world powers are responsible for the climate disasters plaguing the planet, and as such they are also called on to resolve these problems,” Morales said, addressing members of the diplomatic corps at the presidential palace in La Paz.

Parts of Bolivia are now suffering from the rainy season flooding, Morales told the envoys, saying that he will visit disaster-hit areas in central Cochabamba city to help residents affected by the rains in recent weeks.

“We are going through very tough times due to the disaster, I thank you for your solidarity,” he said.

Morales recalled that similar rainstorms in 2006 took the government by surprise as officials did not know how to respond, but regional allies such as Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela provided aid and know-how.

Severe flooding and landslides caused by torrential rains across Bolivia in recent weeks have killed at least 45 people and disrupted the lives of 150,000 people, according to the Bolivian government.

The Bolivian government declared a national state of emergency due to the severe rains.

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