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Peru Devastated by Deadly Floods

IN PICTURES: At least 78 people have died in the flooding.

Peru has experienced the worst downpours in decades, with floods and landslides killing at least 78 people and making around 70,000 homeless. The government has declared a state of emergency.

The vast majority of people affected by the extreme weather are poor, including many who built makeshift homes on floodplains that had been dry for 20 years.

Television footage showed people up to their waists in water and cars being swept away. Last week, a three-story hotel collapsed into a river in the Huancavelica region.

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Goats cross the Viru river after a massive landslide and flood in Trujillo, northern Peru, March 22, 2017.
Goats cross the Viru river after a massive landslide and flood in Trujillo, northern Peru, March 22, 2017. Photo:Reuters
Aerial view of the collapsed Viru bridge at the Pan American highway after a massive landslide and flood in Trujillo, March 22, 2017.
Aerial view of the collapsed Viru bridge at the Pan American highway after a massive landslide and flood in Trujillo, March 22, 2017. Photo:Reuters
Residents cross a flooded street, after rivers breached their banks due to torrential rains, causing flooding and widespread destruction in Huarmey, Ancash, Peru, March 22, 2017.
Residents cross a flooded street, after rivers breached their banks due to torrential rains, causing flooding and widespread destruction in Huarmey, Ancash, Peru, March 22, 2017. Photo:Reuters
A woman and a child are evacuated with a zip line after the Huayco river flooded its banks sending torrents of mud and water rushing through the streets in Huachipa.
A woman and a child are evacuated with a zip line after the Huayco river flooded its banks sending torrents of mud and water rushing through the streets in Huachipa. Photo:Reuters
Flood survivors wait for food after rivers breached their banks. A sudden and abnormal warming of Pacific waters off Peru has unleashed the deadliest downpours in decades, with landslides and raging rivers sweeping away people, clogging highways and destroying crops.
Flood survivors wait for food after rivers breached their banks. A sudden and abnormal warming of Pacific waters off Peru has unleashed the deadliest downpours in decades, with landslides and raging rivers sweeping away people, clogging highways and destroying crops. Photo:Reuters
Simeona Mosquera stands near the debris at her home after rivers breached their banks. Peru is bracing itself for another month of flooding.
Simeona Mosquera stands near the debris at her home after rivers breached their banks. Peru is bracing itself for another month of flooding. Photo:Reuters
A woman is assisted while crossing a flooded street after the Huayco river flooded its banks.
A woman is assisted while crossing a flooded street after the Huayco river flooded its banks. Photo:Reuters
A man holding a child sits on a street. Bridges have collapsed as rivers have breached their banks, and cows and pigs have turned up on beaches after being carried away by rivers.
A man holding a child sits on a street. Bridges have collapsed as rivers have breached their banks, and cows and pigs have turned up on beaches after being carried away by rivers. Photo:Reuters
A resident sits outside his home after a massive landslide and flood in Viru.
A resident sits outside his home after a massive landslide and flood in Viru. Photo:Reuters
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