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    RIGA, April 3 (RIA Novosti) - Authorities of the Ludza district in Latvia, which borders on Russia, have declared a state of emergency as about 1,500 trucks are piled up at the border, a spokesman for the local administration said Tuesday.

    Trucks began stretching for many kilometers at the border in Latvia yesterday after Belarus introduced seasonal limitations on the weight of trucks, which pass through the former Soviet republic. Consequently the freight transportation channel has been rerouted through Latvia.

    The long queue of trucks is affecting local residents' movement and is having a negative impact on the environment.

    The administration of the Ludza district ordered an increase in the number of police patrols along the road and additional garbage bins and toilets.

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