- Title: Dramatic video shows mudslide hitting homes in greater Lima
- Date: 17th January 2017
- Summary: LIMA, PERU (JANUARY 17, 2017) (REUTERS) NEIGHBOURS OF THE DISTRICT OF CHACLACAYO, CLEANING HOUSES AFFECTED BY MUDSLIDE OWNER CLEANS HOUSE MUD NEXT TO HOUSE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) FERNANDO SANCHEZ, OWNER OF DAMAGED HOUSE: "Our furniture has been floating in the water, all our mattresses, beds, duvets." PICK-UP TRUCK BURIED BY MUD INTERIOR OF BURIED PICK-UP TRUCK VARIOUS OF HEAVY MACHINERY BEING USED TO CLEAN-UP (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) JESSICA JIMENEZ, GOVERNOR OF CHACLACAYO: "There has been a large landslide in Chaclacayo in valley areas like Qusipata, Laureles, Los Condores, Santa Ines, blocking roads, 3 de Abril too. We have around 100 people who've been affected, five uninhabitable houses."
- Embargoed: 31st January 2017 19:29
- Keywords: flooding Lima landslide evacuation
- Location: AREQUIPA + LIMA + HUANUCO, PERU
- City: AREQUIPA + LIMA + HUANUCO, PERU
- Country: Peru
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Floods
- Reuters ID: LVA0025ZH01FN
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Dramatic video showed a mudslide violently hitting cars, homes and threatening to drag residents with it in eastern Lima, Peru, following heavy rainfall in recent days. This mudslide was filmed Sunday (January 15) by a resident in the district of Chaclacayo, located in greater Lima.
According to local media reports, at least 15 people have been injured and 96 homes damaged after a series of mudslides in the area. The National Civil Defence Institute (Indeci) reported victims suffering from fractures, blows and bruises.
In Chaclacayo, residents have been seen cleaning up their homes hit by a mudslide. Water marks on a wall showed water reached over a metre in height.
"Our furniture has been floating in the water, all our mattresses, beds, duvets," complained resident Fernando Sanchez.
This pick-up truck car was completely buried by mud. Ministry workers were later able to unearth part of the truck, so that the owner can remove the vehicle in the coming hours.
The mudslides began at the weekend and occurred sporadically for about twenty-four hours in the municipalities of Santa Eulalia, Ricardo Palma, Chosica and Chaclacayo, located to the east of the Peruvian capital, between hills with little vegetation, according to media reports.
The collapses also affected 11 kilometres (7 miles) of roads, most of them belonging to the central highway, which connects Lima with the centre of Peru. Traffic on the road is still partially restricted.
Heavy machinery is being used to clear streets.
"There has been a large landslide in Chaclacayo in valley areas like Qusipata, Laureles, Los Condores, Santa Ines, blocking roads, 3 de Abril too. We have around 100 people who've been affected, five uninhabitable houses," said Chaclacayo governor, Jessica Jimenez.
Unusual rainfall hit several districts to the north and east of Lima, flooding streets and homes at the weekend.
This local resident, Ada Sunchi, living in another affected area in Arequipa, said her family and herself had only managed to escape.
"We escaped with only the clothes on our body, what we were able to remove, but the water came in a horrible way," Sunchi said.
The National Meteorological and Hydrological Service (Senamhi) reported the rainfall has been caused by the transfer of moisture from heavy rains in the mountains of 18 regions in the country, which will continue to affect residents on Tuesday (January 17).
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