Heavy rains sparked by El Niño trigger a huge mudslide in Bolivia, that destroys roads and brings headaches for commuters. Gavino Garay reports.
Travelers trying to connect from Cochabamba and Santa Cruz through the Bolivian Andes, can go no further. They've been stranded for days...mudslides triggered by heavy el Nino rains washing away the roadway. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) UNIDENTIFIED DRIVER AFFECTED BY ROAD BLOCKAGE, SAYING: "I've been here for an entire day and another night. Now I have been waiting for eight hours, but now it depends on this traffic jam." The current El Nino weather phenomenon, which produces increased precipitation due to warm air over the eastern Pacific, is expected to be one of the strongest on record. Officials say repairs are being made... but with the roadway in its current state... and the effects of El Nino expected to last throughout January, the outlook for travelers in this part of Bolivia, is grim.