BAGABALUAN, Bolivia — The death toll from a balcony collapse in Bolivia’s capital city of Bogalusa rose to six Friday, as authorities struggled to contain the damage caused by an avalanche that also killed a woman and injured others.
The Bolivian National Emergency Management Agency said that the two women were killed in the collapse, which took place just after midnight (local time) at the Boliviana’s Bolivia Bamboo Gardens, which is located in the heart of Bogala, the Bolívian capital.
The two women died of their injuries at the scene, the agency said.
The victims were identified as 32-year-old Maria Saldivar and 32-years-old Carmen Morales.
A local newspaper reported that they were from Bolivia.
The avalanche struck in the center of the sprawling Bamboo Garden, which overlooks Bolivians popular Bolivaya beach, where a number of people were camping on Friday night.
There were no immediate reports of injuries.
Bolivia’s Interior Minister Miguel Angel Guzmán said the area was completely evacuated as a precaution.
The Associated Press reported that the collapse was caused by a collapse in the Bamboo Galls and that two people were rescued from the rubble.
The Associated News said at least five people were injured in the incident, and that a woman was reported to have suffered head injuries.
On Friday night, more than a dozen people were still trapped in a second floor apartment, where one of the victims, a local woman, had been staying.