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China comes to the aid of flood-hit Peru with $1.5 million donation


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China comes to the aid of flood-hit Peru with $1.5 million donation

Beijing has donated $1.5 million in aid to Peru as the South American country continues to struggle with its worst flooding in decades. More than 90 people have been killed and 120,000 displaced in rain-related incidents since December.

Many of those hardest hit are the poor who have built their homes on affordable land near rivers which have burst their banks following weeks of torential rain.

In the capital Lima, where a third of Peruvians live, school classes have been suspended and running water restricted after treatment plants were clogged with debris from mudslides.

Damage to infrastructure has choked off transit and produced food shortages.

As rains continue to lash Peru’s northern desert region and part of the central Andes, authorities warn flooding may last into April.