Homes devastated, 75 dead in Peru flooding video

REUTERS

A bus passenger in Otuzco, Peru, captures the moment when a rush of water comes raging down close to the vehicle.

Seventy-five people have died, 263 have been injured, 20 are missing and about 100,000 have suffered property damage in Peruvian flooding.

A report by the National Emergency Operations Centre (COEN), which includes damage registered since the rainy season began in December, does not count the four people who disappeared on Saturday when a bridge collapsed and they fell into a flood-swollen river.

The flooding has also destroyed 12,000 homes, 25 schools and eight hospitals or clinics, along with about 2,000 kilometres of roadways and almost 9,000 hectares of crops.

A flood survivor walks near debris in Huachipa, Lima, Peru.
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A flood survivor walks near debris in Huachipa, Lima, Peru.

Most of the victims are in the northern regions of Piura, Lambayeque, La Libertad and Ancash, where 25 people have died, 111 are injured, eight are missing, 81,000 have lost their homes and about 8,200 houses have been destroyed.

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A dog stands at debris of a destroyed home.
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A dog stands at debris of a destroyed home.

 

 

The heavy rains are due to El Nino, which has heated the ocean along the Peruvian coast to an abnormal degree, producing intense and unusual rainfall.

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Residents stand near destroyed homes, after rivers breached their banks.
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Residents stand near destroyed homes, after rivers breached their banks.

A resident cleans his destroyed home.
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A resident cleans his destroyed home.

People try to cross the Rimac River after torrential rain.
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People try to cross the Rimac River after torrential rain.

Flood survivors lie on a mattress near their home as rescue police officers walk past.
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Flood survivors lie on a mattress near their home as rescue police officers walk past.

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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 child walks at a flooded street.
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A child walks at a flooded street.

Flood survivors clean their house.
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Flood survivors clean their house.

Flood survivors receive water after flooding and widespread destruction in Huachipa, Lima, Peru.
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Flood survivors receive water after flooding and widespread destruction in Huachipa, Lima, Peru.

 - AAP

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