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Latino Daily News

Sunday May 6, 2012

Heavy Rains in Peru Leave 260,000 Homeless and 53 Dead over Last 6 Months

Heavy Rains in Peru Leave 260,000 Homeless and 53 Dead over Last 6 Months

Photo: Heavy rains in Peru

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Since November last year, when the rains began to fall in Peru, until recent days, the total affected by natural disasters is very high. The news, sent to Fides from the Catholic radio station Onda Azul in Puno, reports the data in the Report of the National Institute of Civil Defense, regarding the consequences of heavy rains in the last 6 months: 53 deaths, 267,391 homeless, 9,383 houses destroyed.

Some mountain areas of the “Sierra” as it is known throughout the central part of the Andes that cross the country from north to south, are considered at risk due to avalanches, especially when rains are abundant, as happened in recent months.

Processed data related to losses in agriculture have still not been carried out, because many cultivated fields were destroyed or wiped away by rivers and avalanches in many areas of the country, causing huge losses to farmers.