Woman Saves Herself From Landslide

April 27, 2017 7:54 pm Last Updated: April 27, 2017 7:54 pm

Dramatic video shows a man escaping after his truck was hit by a mudslide on Wednesday (March 15) in the Peruvian district of Chosica, some 30 kilometres (18.6 miles) east of Lima, as ongoing rains caused mudslides and rivers to overflow.

Meanwhile, in Huachipa, located 23 kms (14 miles) to the east of capital Lima, members of the Peruvian army helped residents cross a flooded street.

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, who visited one of the affected areas east of the city of Lima on Thursday (March 16), called on residents not to approach the rivers as the floods have dragged people and animals and destroyed 8,000 homes.

Rains, which could extend through April due to rising temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, could cause losses to the fishing, farming, and tourist industries.

The strong storms have devastated thousands of hectares of crops, suspended water service, and cut roads mainly in the north of the country.

Some 62 people have died, 15,500 hectares of crops were affected and 1,200 kilometers of roads were destroyed throughout the country since the rainy season began in December and ended March 15, according to an official report.