Mudslides kill dozens in Peru and leave tourists stranded
Unusual heavy rainfall in Peru causes floods and mudslides all over the west part of the country. Officials said a total of 72 people have died and 12,000 homes have been destroyed so far. Authorities expect the rains to continue for another two weeks.
“Do not take unnecessary risks such as crossing flooded roads or weak bridges. We will continue to monitor this emergency. My ministries are deployed at the national level to address the affected area.” The president of Peru, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski tweeted.
This week the flooding reached Lima. The rivers Huaycoloro and Rimac burst their banks. The school are closed and because of the floods normal tap water can be polluted. “A friend sent a picture of a supermarket in La Molina where women are seen with shopping cars filled with bottles of water” writes Ceciel Huls on her blog about living in Peru
Problems for tourists
Because of the flooding lots of tourist are stuck in one place, unable to go to the next.
‘Hi everyone, we are stuck in Huaraz, Peru. Busses aren’t going and every town around us is flooded. Who has more information?’ – Robert Loon from the Netherlands asks on facebook. ‘I hope everybody is OK in the worst areas, good luck to you!’ He continues.
The heavy rainfall is probably caused by the high ocean temperatures due to climate change.