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A giant avalanche of mud and rocks buries a village in NE Peru, killing at least 30 people, injuring 54 and leaving 25 others missing.
“As of 12:00pm [17:00UTC, April 2, 2010] the death toll stands at 30 people,” Civil Defense chief of the Huanuco region, Hipolito Cruchaga, announced.
Although he put the number of missing at about 25, some local reports have suggested “hundreds of people” may be missing in the village of Ambo.
Homes are submerged in earth after a landslide in the Porvenir area of Huanuco, Peru, Friday, April 2, 2010. Regional officials say heavy rains in northeastern Peru caused landslides that killed at least 25 people, injured 50 and another 25 people are missing. (AP Photo). Image may be subject to copyright.
“An entire village, some 400 people, has completely vanished,” Jorge Espinoza, a senior official in the Huanuco region, had earlier told N television.
“Some will be saved, but it appears the majority were buried,” he said.
“The bodies of some victims were plucked from the swollen Huallaga River downstream from the village of Ambo, while others had to be dug out of the mud, local media reported.” AFP said.
A photo of an earlier mudslide released by Peruvian Civil Defense.
The mudslide was triggered by heavy rains that caused a lake higher up a mountain to overflow into a ravine, officials were reported as saying.
Another mudslide claimed 5 lives near the town of Cancejos on Thursday, officials said.
The disasters came barely hours after the government announced Machu Picchu had been reopened following the deadly floods that had forced the closure of Peru’s Inca ruins in January.
On March 9, Fire-Earth Forecast:
More extremes of weather could affect western, northwestern and northern regions of South America throughout the spring 2010, possibly extending into the summer.
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