Flash floods take dramatic toll in Lima and northern Peru

Flash floods take dramatic toll in Lima and northern Peru

On Wednesday a man barely escapes his truck after it gets caught up in a powerful mudslide.

The floods have been triggered by the weather event known as El Nino, a warming of surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean that wreaks havoc on weather patterns every few years.

Peru is bracing for more deadly rain that is likely to continue until April, Transport and Communications Minister Martin Vizcarra said on Thursday.

It was nearly impossible to see Evangelina Chamorro Díaz emerging from the avalanche of mud and debris just outside Lima, Peru.

The floods, caused by the El Nino phenomenon, hit 20 out of Peru's 25 regions.

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And at least 15 people died when a bus crashed into a ravine in central Peru during heavy rain over the weekend.

"It was not a mutiny (by inmates) or loss of control of the prison", Vargas said of the incident at Lurigancho prison, a jail in eastern Lima that had 9,345 inmates listed in December.

The muddy current channelled down the street after a major river overflowed.

Out of 1,800 Peruvian towns, 811 have been put under a state-of-emergency, as well as 108 provinces - including 24 within the province of Lima- and 13 departments. Some residents left their homes with just a single plastic bag carrying their belongings. He said he was optimistic the country was in a strong position to make a swift recovery but urged residents to use caution.

In the capital, Lima, drinking water was suspended, triggering a shortage of bottled water at some markets. "There aren't cars and drivers are charging whatever they want".

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