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Death toll crosses 70 in Peru flooding, landslides and rains

Screen Shot 2017-03-22 at 9.40.07 AMPeru: An unusual eruption of heavy rains powered by El Niño conditions have drenched parts of Peru with 10 times more rainfall than normal causing a list of disasters.
Authorities have declared that the intense rains, mudslides, overflowing rivers, and flooding being experienced in the country are the worst seen since the past two decades, with the death toll since crossing 70.
The officials have also warned that the wetter weather might last another month or more.

With the unavailability of basic resources anywhere, the prices have shot up 5 per cent across the country

The highly unusual rains followed by a series of storms that have struck hard along Peru’s northern coast, with voracious waters inundating hospitals and leaving some small villages isolated.
The storms are being caused by a warming of the surface waters in the Pacific Ocean.

The Peruvian Government said that 374 people were killed in 1998 during a similar period of massive rains and flooding blamed on the El Nino climate pattern.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Fernando Zavala updated the number of dead from the latest flooding to 72.

Presidents of Chile, Bolivia and Venezuela have offered their help to Peru.

March 22, 2017

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