In Peru, the number of dead from the latest flooding has risen to 72. The intense rains, overflowing rivers, mudslides and flooding being experienced in the country are the worst seen in two decades. Peruvian authorities said more than half the nation is affected due to the highly unusual rains that have struck hard along Peru’s northern coast, with voracious waters inundating hospitals and leaving some small villages isolated. The storms are being caused by a warming of the surface waters in the Pacific Ocean and are expected to continue for another two weeks.
Prime Minister Fernando Zavala updated the number of dead from the latest flooding to 72 on Saturday. Capital Lima has been without water service since the beginning of the week. The government has deployed the armed forces to help police control public order in the 811 cities that have declared an emergency.