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