Peru: Death toll after mudslide in Ambo, Huanuco, rises to 20

Isabel Guerra

The death toll after the mudslide that hit a shanty town in the district of Ambo, Huanuco Region, increased to 20, according to official figures from Civil Defense brigades.

Hipólito Cruchaga, Civil Defense Regional Director in Huanuco, confirmed 20 deaths and estimates that the number of injured people is 50, while the number of missing persons at present may be 25.

The disaster has also left 120 damaged houses, while firefighters, military and police troops have joined the search and rescue efforts.

According to local journalist and blogger Orlando Bravo, the heavy rains that have been hitting the area caused the Rumichaca lagoon to flood, generating an avalanche of mud and rocks.

Rainy season in the Peruvian Andes has been way more intense than usual this year, a fact that some experts say it’s due to the global climate change.

(Photos: Courtesy of Orlando Bravo)

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