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Residents saved from muddy torrents in Peru floods

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By Alasdair Sandford  with Reuters, EFE
Residents saved from muddy torrents in Peru floods

Dozens have now perished in the devastating floods that have struck Peru this year. On Friday it was reported that a landslide in the north had left three dead and two missing in the northern region of La Libertad.

Reports on the same day put the number of fatalities at 67, with 170 injured across at least two dozen regions. Almost 550,000 people have been displaced.

Residents in Huachipa to the east of Lima were forced from their homes after the Huayco river overflowed its banks, turning the streets into torrents of muddy water.

One by one, rescue workers used ropes and pulleys to get residents out of threatened buildings and to safety.

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski visited the area on Thursday, and called on residents not to approach rivers due to the dangerous waters that have dragged away people and animals.

In Lima the Rimac river was reported to have flooded again in several places in one of the most densely populated parts of Peru’s capital.

According to a report by the National Centre for Emergency Operations, almost 2,800 people in the city have been affected by the floods.

Nationwide, the rainy season has destroyed 8,000 homes, more than 15,000 hectares of crops and over 1,000 kilometres of roads.

The president has announced that the government will provide the equivalent of $764 million for reconstruction. The most urgent needs are said to be a lack of water and food, and for roads to be reopened.

Rising temperatures in the Pacific are expected to bring more rain in the next few weeks, causing still more damage to the fishing, farming and tourist industries.