In the past three days, the rains and mudslides have brought severe destruction to Peru.
The floods have injured over 140 people across 24 regions in Peru and displaced nearly 550,000 people and it could get worse with more rain predicted until April. Rescue teams have been working in the affected areas to rescue those stranded and evacuate those who could be affected by the rains, which are expected to continue. Prime Minister Fernando Zavala said an emergency has been declared across half the country in a bid to hasten the delivery of aid to affected areas, Reuters reported.
It was nearly impossible to see Evangelina Chamorro Díaz emerging from the avalanche of mud and debris just outside Lima, Peru.
Lima, a city where rain is not very common, has seen heavy rain recently.
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Peru's geographic extremes help fuel the often deadly force of the mudslides known locally as huaycos, the indigenous Quechua word for flash flood-landslide.
One of the provinces with the most damage is Huarmey, in the Ancash region, about 280 km north of Lima, where some places are under half a meter of water and the hospital is flooded nearly to the ceiling, according to Health Minister Patricia Garcia, who inspected the area. The health ministry is fumigating to stop the spread of disease-carrying mosquitoes. The heavy rains have led to officials calling a state of emergency in some parts of the country. Due to the warm Pacific waters, this rainy season could last through mid April.