Search halted at Bolivia village hit by mudslide

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A couple cries at the wake for the persons killed by a mudslide in Chullpa Kasa, Bolivia, Monday, Feb.10, 2014. Heavy rains caused the mudslide that buried much of the small mountainside settlement in central Bolivia, killing at least four people, local officials said Sunday. Eleven more people were listed as missing on Monday. Heavy rains have been falling across most of Bolivia since November and civil defense officials say tens of thousands of families have been affected. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

CHULLPA KHASA, Bolivia (AP) — Persistent heavy rains have forced Bolivians to suspend the search for victims in a mudslide that buried half of a village in the central part of the country.

Fears that more loose earth and rock could further overwhelm the hillside Quechua-speaking village of Chullpa Khasa in Cochabamba state halted the rescue effort Monday.

Families buried three victims of the Saturday night slide, but 11 others are still missing, most of them children. The slide also swallowed up crops and sheep.

Large swaths of Bolivia have been soaked by heavy downpours that have sent rivers over the banks in the country's Amazon.

Authorities say more than 47,000 families have been affected and 42 deaths since the rainy season began at the end of November.