Wednesday, July 13, 2011
President Evo Morales was reported to be considering declaring a state of emergency in the region of Potosi to mobilise the army and national guard.
Some 7,000 people belonging to farming families are in need of help in the region, according to officials.
More than 40,000 llamas and alpacas are also without food and farmers have lost their crops under a thick blanket of snow.
The snow has hit the remote highlands of Potosi, which lies in the south-west of the country and generally remains dry.
Bolivia's government has asked for help from neighbouring countries, including helicopters to drop aid for people in isolated regions and heavy machinery to clear roads.