More rain looms for Peru after disastrous floods
By Moises Avila, AFP Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 12:00 am TWN
LIMA -- Peruvians struggled on Sunday to cope with avalanches, mudslides and extensive flash flooding caused by torrential downpours, and forecasters predicted still more rain ahead, prolonging the country's woes.
It has been a bad year for flooding in Peru, and the toll including from the latest dangerous weather now stands at 75 since January, the government said. Devastating damage reports continue to pour in.
The National Emergency Operations Center said 99,475 Peruvians had lost everything since the
beginning of the year, while 626,928 had suffered less
serious damage to their homes. The government predicted days of more rain ahead.
On Saturday, flood waters swept into the center of Trujillo,
the country's third-largest city,
filling its streets and forcing residents
braving the waters to cling
to each other to avoid being
The "huaycos," as Peruvians call the powerful avalanches of mud and stone that pour down from steep Andean hillsides after heavy rain, continued their damaging ways.
Mountains of mud filled
city streets, sweeping away
everything in their paths:
houses, furniture and
Stranded for Days
Air travel has been affected as well.
"I've been stranded in Trujillo for five days. My family lives in a part of Lima affected by the huaycos,
but I haven't been able to get through to them," a would-be passenger, Ernesto Alvarez, told RPP radio.
"Some 500 of us are stranded here, unable to travel. We just
hope there isn't another (huayco)."
The rains affected the northern area as well. In the city of Piura, streets were again flooded by the effects of El Nino.
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