Snowfall in Bolivia
© Noticias Bolivianas
Snow more than 5-feet (1½ m) deep is causing serious problems on the roads - and despair among the inhabitants - at mining centers Pacuni , Argentina , Mallachuma , Amporio , Viloco and Mina Sudamericana. Pacuni mining centers and Argentina have been isolated since last Saturday.

The snow, which has caused severe damage to mining machinery and infrastructure, is not only preventing output, even people find it difficult to walk in those conditions.

Weather conditions during the last days were terrible, said Panfilo Brand , president of Quime City Council. "We are cut off from the rest of the department . Snow has created havoc in our sheds and compressors, which have been damaged and no longer work, which prevents the production in the extraction of minerals. "

The situation is no less desperate in Mallachuma and Amporio , Mina Viloco and South American.

Production has been reduced to only a truck carrying lead and tin , instead of the ten trucks that usually sold per month . Giving only a gain of less than two thousand bolivianos per worker.
(In other words, the miners will earn almost no money during this period.)
The government has ordered the immediate shipment of heavy equipment for snow removal and to give respite to over a thousand people who are locked into the mining centers.

Source ( in spanish)

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