A university student died after falling into a flooded drain in the Bolivians capital of Bogota on Monday, officials said.
The Bolivias provincial capital, Bogota, is a city of more than 5 million people and the capital of a state with a population of more then 300 million.
A large amount of rain in the past few days has also been recorded across the state.
A local resident in the area told News24 that he saw the victim in the water and went to help.
The man said that the victim, who was wearing a swimming suit, then “fell down the drain”.
The man then heard the victim screaming and ran out to try and save the man.
“He had fallen into the drain and he was screaming,” the local resident said.
In a statement on Monday afternoon, the Bolivia provincial government said it was investigating the incident.
Authorities have not said what caused the incident and they are still awaiting official confirmation from Bogota’s emergency services.
The Bolivia University of the Sciences, which is based in Bogota and has a faculty of more 25,000, said in a statement it was “deeply saddened by the tragic accident in Bogotá”.
“The Bolivia State Government is currently in contact with the Bolívian authorities to provide assistance in this regard,” the statement said.
It added that the Bolivas National University and Bogota University of Law are conducting investigations.
The university said it is currently conducting a full investigation.
According to the Bolias State Information Agency, the university has an annual budget of around A$2.4 billion (US$2 billion).