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Cold snap hits Latin America

07-25-2010 08:18 BJT

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A cold front sweeping across Latin America has forced local authorities to declare a state of emergency in some areas of Peru.

Temperatures dropped to around five and a half degrees Celsius in the regions of Tacna and Puno in the south of the country, while the capital Lima stood at just below eight degrees at dawn. Mothers flocked to hospitals in Puno, seeking treatment for their children who were experiencing respiratory problems related to the cold snap.

The government has declared a 60 day state of emergency for all districts above 3,000 meters. The cold snap is also risking mining activities in eastern Bolivia and threatening cattle herds in Chile.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV

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