Death toll in Peru climbs to 65 from El Nino rains, floods


LIMA, Peru (AP) The number of people killed in Peru following intense rains and mudslides wreaking havoc around the Andean nation climbed to 65 on Friday, March 17.

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said Peru’s coastal region hasn’t endured such environmental calamity since 1998.

Across the country, overflowing rivers damaged 115,000 homes, collapsed 117 bridges, and left people trapped on roofs waiting for rescue.

Kuczynski declared Peru’s Central Highway in a state of emergency and boosted funds for reconstruction.

The highly unusual rains were caused by a warming of the surface waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean and were expected to continue for two weeks.