Bolivian streets become fast-flowing rivers after heavy hailstorm, 4 dead

Floods killed at least four people in the Bolivian city of Sucre.

Heavy hail storms triggered flash floods, some of the city’s steep streets became fast-flowing rivers.

Water rushed down the streets dragging along cars, buses and market stalls.

The worst affected area was around the city’s largest farmers market, where drains were blocked by rubbish, making the flooding worse.

Locals were caught by surprise by the hailstorm that hit the city.

President Luis Arce gave his condolences to the relatives of those killed.

Interior Minister Eduardo del Castillo said three children and three adults were still missing and seven had been injured.

At least 10 vehicles were swept away in the flash floods. Many merchants lost all their goods and several were treated in hospital for hypothermia.

Flash flooding and landslides are not unusual in Bolivia’s rainy season, which runs from November to March.