Published: Sat, March 18, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Girl caught in mudslide in Peru

Girl caught in mudslide in Peru

Authorities said on Thursday they expected the intense rain caused by the warming of surface waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean to continue another two weeks.

Peru has suffered from heavy rain and flooding since the beginning of the year.

Desert city Lima, which is Peru's capital, and had nearly never seen rain, was also flooded violently with mudslides and flood waters.

Striking images also caught one bus swerving past a landslide next to a mountainside close to Lima over the weekend.

Evangelina Chamorro Diaz is covered in mud as she scrambles to safety.

"There's a person there!" an onlooker can be heard on video crying out in Spanish, as the camera zooms in on Díaz. Upon reaching the land she collapsed, men at the location quickly helped her to an ambulance. Diaz escaped the slide with only minor injuries.

"There hasn't been an incident of this strength along the coast of Peru since 1988", Kuczynski said.

This is Peru's rainy season and so far this season more than 60 people have been killed, more than 12,000 homes have been destroyed, almost 40,000 acres of crops has been affected, and more than 700 miles of roadways has been destroyed as of March 15.

"This emergency will pass, but we must be prudent", he wrote. He urged them to avoid flooded roads and weak bridges.

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