El Nino brings rain and deadly floods to Peru

The streets of the colourful historic centre of the city of Trujillo, 570km north of Lima, Peru, were transformed into a raging river by a flash flood last Saturday. The El Nino climate phenomenon is causing muddy rivers to overflow along the entire
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The streets of the colourful historic centre of the city of Trujillo, 570km north of Lima, Peru, were transformed into a raging river by a flash flood last Saturday. The El Nino climate phenomenon is causing muddy rivers to overflow along the entire Peruvian coast, isolating communities and neighbourhoods. It has been a bad year for flooding in Peru, and the death toll, including that from the latest dangerous weather, now stands at 75 since January, the government said. Devastating damage reports continue to pour in. The National Emergency Operations Centre said that more than 99,000 Peruvians had lost everything since the beginning of the year, while over 600,000 had suffered damage to their homes. The government has predicted more days of rain ahead. Most cities also face water shortages as water lines have been compromised by mud and debris.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 21, 2017, with the headline 'El Nino brings rain and deadly floods to Peru'. Print Edition | Subscribe