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Peru: 17 missing after mudslide in San Martin

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17 people – including 4 children- have disappeared after a mudslide hit the town of El Porvenir, in the province of Picota, San Martin.

The mudslide, according to local newspaper El Comercio, was caused by torrential rains in the area.

According to Picota governor Jaime Pinedo Torres, the 17 people that have gone missing are local coffee growers.

Local authorities said rescue workers were on their way.

The rains, the daily said, started at around 3 am on Wednesday, and also caused an increase in waters levels of the Huallaga river.

Picota Mayor Ronald Garcia said telephone communications in the area were down after the mudslide, and had hindered the rescue.

"We know there was a flood in this village and this caused the disappearance of about 17 people, and we also know that there are overflowing rivers,” Garcia was quoted as saying by El Comercio.

Update: El Comercio has confirmed at least 11 people dead, and 10 missing, after the mudslide.

 

 

Update: El Comercio has confirmed at least 11 people dead, and 10 missing, after a mudslide in El Porvenir.

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