Friday, February 10, 2012

HEAVY RAINS KILLS 14 INJURING 24 IN PERU’S AMAZON PROVINCE

LIMA, Feb 10 (NNN-AGENCIES) – Fourteen people were killed while 29 others were injured and about 44,000 more affected in Peru the past two days by heavy rains and ensuing flooding and landslides.

Nonstop downpours are pounding 80 percent of the country and at least 4,861 people have been left homeless, according to a statement by the National Civil Defense Institute (Indeci).

The San Martin province, located in the central part of the Peruvian Amazon, has been hit hardest by the rains with 18,030 people affected and 202 left homeless.

The territorial rains have caused numerous rivers to overflow as at least 669 homes, schools, medical centers were destroyed and croplands of thousands of small farmers were damaged.

Almost 19 kilometers of highways were severely damaged while another 783 kilometers suffered lesser damage. Four bridges collapsed and another 13 damaged. Read More