Woman swept away by mudslide in Peru, but claws her way to safety video

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A crowd yells encouragement as a woman trapped on a mudslide in Peru drags herself back to dry land. Jillian Kitchener reports.

A woman's dramatic escape from a raging mudslide in Peru has been caught on video.

Evangelina Chamorro Diaz, 32, found herself being carried away when a flashflood of mud and debris hit Punta Hermosa after heavy rain in Lima province.

Covered in mud and enveloped in debris, she managed to reach solid ground with bystanders cheering her on. Later in hospital, she said she survived by grabbing debris, anything that would support her.

The woman holds on to debris as she tries to pull herself free of the mudflow.
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The woman holds on to debris as she tries to pull herself free of the mudflow.

The unusually heavy rain has killed at least a dozen people in the country.

The new floods and mudslides over the past three days follow a series of other storms and officials say that a total of 62 people have died and 12,000 homes have been destroyed so far this year.

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

The rains causes many landslides, including one that hit this bus in Chosica, east of the capital Lima.
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The rains causes many landslides, including one that hit this bus in Chosica, east of the capital Lima.

- Reuters/AP

 

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Residents cross a flooded street in Trujillo, in northern Peru.
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Residents cross a flooded street in Trujillo, in northern Peru.

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