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Mudslide Destroys Many Buildings in BC, Canada

Posted by feww on June 14, 2010

Massive Landslide Devastates B.C. Town

Landslide described as a “wall of mud” destroyed more than a dozen buildings, partially burying at least five homes, and  tearing through B.C.’s wine country.

The landslide struck  near Testalinda Creek, south of Oliver, B.C. early afternoon  local time  on Sunday also burying a large a section of the province’s longest highway in the fruit growing region of southern British Columbia in up to 4m (12 feet) of mud,  local media reported.

“It’s a real mess, a huge disaster. A lot of orchard land has been wiped right out. I’ve heard there was a five-minute warning,” said a local resident.

A wall of mud and rocks tore through a rural area of the Okanogan Valley Sunday, destroying at half a dozen houses and uprooting orchards and vineyards that lay in its path. Image credit: Olivier Combret For The Globe and Mail. Image may be subject to copyright. More Images …

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Peru Mudslide: 30 killed, 54 injured, 25 missing

Posted by feww on April 3, 2010

Serial No  1,530. If any posts are blocked in your country, please drop us a line.

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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