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Peru flood victim: "We're at God's will"

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 01:07

Dramatic television images show dozens of children and their families being evacuated from waste-high waters in northwestern Peru where flooding has killed at least 48 people and displaced more than haf a million. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Dramatic video images showed on Tuesday (March 14) members of the Peruvian Army evacuating dozens of children and their families from flooded areas in the northwestern region of Lambayeque, amid ongoing struggles in Peru to survive heavy rains and flash floods that are following the Andean country's worst drought in decades. A helicopter was seen hovering over muddy flood water as troops - in waist-high water - carried children on their shoulders to safety. Floods were unleashed following the overflowing of River La Leche, isolating communities, local media reported. Armed Forces told local media, they had evacuated 72 people from the Pacora district, including 35 children. Shelters for these families have been set-up by local authorities while evacuation operations continue. The floods came after 10 hours of constant rain, local media reported. Thousands in the country have been cut off and stagnant water has become an infectious focus of epidemics such as dengue, according to local media reports. Authorities fear a bridge - over River La Leche - connecting local communities may collapse by the force of the water and traffic has been suspended, local media reported. According to the Regional Emergency Operations Centre (COER) of Lambayeque, the most affected areas are located in the districts of Illimo, Pacora and Morrope. "We don't have any support from anyone. We're at God's will," said flood victim, Octavio Flores. In Chiclayo, the capital city of northwest Peru's Lambayeque region, hundreds of homes have been damaged by rainfall and school classes have been suspended, local media reported. Electricity supply has been affected and hundreds of rustic homes have been damaged. Enormous grey clouds overshadowed the city of Chiclayo on Tuesday (March 14) afternoon. The heavy rainfall - lasting over an hour - that ensued, drenched the Plaza de Armas and various streets of the city. In February, the government decreed a state of emergency for 60 days in three regions where 4,900 thousand homes collapsed, according to local media reports. The precipitation has been fuelled by unusually warm temperatures in the Pacific that would indicate a strong El Nino if they hold, meteorologists have said. The floods have already killed 48 people - injured 144 people - across 24 regions in Peru and displaced almost 550,000 people and it could get worse with more rain predicted until April. About half a million people in Peru live in flood plains, according to a recent report by state water agency ANA.

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Peru flood victim: "We're at God's will"

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 01:07