Rain has passed but Peru still pounded by floods

Eugene Lyubarsky
By Eugene Lyubarsky
April 1, 2017Worldshare

Peru has come through the worst rains the nation has seen in two decades, but its troubles have not ended.

Though the rain has stopped falling, rivers are still overflowing their banks.

In the town of Pedregal Chico, residents have to live in knee-deep water.

The entire town has been inundated by the overflowing Piura River.

One resident, Maria Silva, said, “Everything has gone in the water, we haven’t been able to get anything out, all the houses have flooded, the animals, everything in the houses have gone.”

The government is trying to provide aid, but with fully half the country in a state of emergency, the government is overwhelmed.

A localized El Niño weather system dumped weeks of rain on Peru. At least 98 people have died.

This is the worst weather disaster Peru has faced since 1998 when another El Niño killed 374.

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