Peru: 11 dead, 10 missing after mudslide

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Peruvian authorities confirmed Thursday that a landslide in El Porvenir, in the province of Picota, San Martin, left 11 dead, and 10 missing, on Wednesday.

The mudslide was caused by torrential rain in the area, which began on early Wednesday morning, El Comercio reported.

By 5 a.m. the heavy rain, the daily said, had caused rocks, mud, and tree logs to descend upon the town, killing 11 people, 5 of which were children.

Picota Mayor Ronakd Garcia Mori told the daily that El Porvenir had been left isolated, after the mudslide took down the town’s bridge.

The mudslide also destroyed 10 homes, several water pipes, and a pedestrian bridge.

At least 25 emergency workers continued with rescue operations on Thursday morning, local radio RPP reported.

Peruvian authorities confirmed Thursday that a landslide in El Porvenir, in the province of Picota, San Martin, left 11 dead, and 10 missing, on Wednesday.

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