Written by By Jennifer Watkins, CNN
For those living in Bolivia’s highlands, the prospect of extreme ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a constant worry.
But with one massive solar flare set to hit the nation’s deserts on Tuesday, a video by CNN’s Hong Kong team shows the hot, dry parched landscape scorched by high levels of the radiation is suffering — on a human scale — too.
In the region known as La Paz Alto, the city that takes pride in being the world’s most livable, there’s simply no place to hide.
And nothing prepares you for the magnificence and intensity of the early morning ultraviolet rays.
In the video above, CNN talks to a handful of residents of La Paz Alto who are battling the worst of the scorching rays.
“I just had a cold when I came to work here, and I didn’t imagine it was that serious,” explains social worker Celeste Campos.
“If you aren’t careful, you could actually get skin cancer,” adds nurse Victoria Reyes.
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“It doesn’t matter if you have money or education or everything,” doctors Jovan and Ramon Alvarez explain. “Being from La Paz and living here, you don’t have time to do anything, you just deal with the daily problems,” they added.
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Indeed, living in La Paz can be more challenging than making it in La Paz.
Other residents explain that simply without electricity to dissipate the radiation, life in La Paz has essentially become impossible.
And those who aren’t only dealing with the scorching rays of the sun, but also the bitter, desert wind can’t travel a short distance in pursuit of air conditioning or extra water to quench the thirst.