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70 dead in Bolivia carnival: Official

Security personnel surround a footbridge that collapsed during the Carnival parade in Oruro, Bolivia, on March 1, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
Security personnel surround a footbridge that collapsed during the Carnival parade in Oruro, Bolivia, on March 1, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
Musicians from the Poopo Banda speak with soldiers after a footbridge collapsed during the Carnival parade in Oruro, Bolivia, on March 1, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
Musicians from the Poopo Banda speak with soldiers after a footbridge collapsed during the Carnival parade in Oruro, Bolivia, on March 1, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
Members of the Diablada Autentica perform during the Carnival parade in Oruro, Bolivia,  on March 1, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
Members of the Diablada Autentica perform during the Carnival parade in Oruro, Bolivia,  on March 1, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
Members of the Morenenada Central perform during the Carnival parade in Oruro, Bolivia, on March 1, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
Members of the Morenenada Central perform during the Carnival parade in Oruro, Bolivia, on March 1, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
Bolivian indigenous men play music during the Anata Andina (Andean carnival) in Oruro on Feb 27, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
Bolivian indigenous men play music during the Anata Andina (Andean carnival) in Oruro on Feb 27, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
People pray in Oruro's church Virgen del Socavon after a footbridge collapsed during a carnival parade in Bolivia on March 1, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS 
People pray in Oruro's church Virgen del Socavon after a footbridge collapsed during a carnival parade in Bolivia on March 1, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS 
People pray in Oruro's church Virgen del Socavon after a footbridge collapsed during a carnival parade in Bolivia on March 1, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS 
People pray in Oruro's church Virgen del Socavon after a footbridge collapsed during a carnival parade in Bolivia on March 1, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS 
A musician from the Poopo Banda reacts after a footbridge collapsed during Carnival parade in Oruro, on March 1, 2014. Two musicians were killed and dozens injured, local media reported. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS
A musician from the Poopo Banda reacts after a footbridge collapsed during Carnival parade in Oruro, on March 1, 2014. Two musicians were killed and dozens injured, local media reported. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LA PAZ (AFP) - Carnival festivities in Bolivia left 70 people dead, most of them in road accidents but at least 15 in acts of violence, the government said on Wednesday.

Four days of partying at the carnival, an annual pre-Lenten event that draws thousands of people onto the streets, ended on Tuesday.

Police reported 70 deaths, including 37 in traffic accidents, said Interior Minister Carlos Romero.

That toll did not include another five people killed in celebrations in the city of Oruro. A metal bridge in that city collapsed under the weight of huge crowds, also leaving dozens injured.

Mr Romero said that the tragedy - at festivities with more than 30,000 dancers and 6,000 musicians - had been treated separately from the tally of violent crime or bloodshed.

About 350,000 people turned out for carnival festivities in Oruro alone, authorities said.

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