More than 70 people have been killed in Peru after the worst flooding in two decades. Thousands of people have been made homeless and a state of emergency declared in more than 800 cities.
Highly unusual rains have followed a series of storms along Peru’s northern coast after a period of severe drought. There has been an unusual warming of sea surface temperatures off Peru’s northern coast by five to six degrees up to 29 degrees Centigrade (84 degrees Fahrenheit.)
The rains have caused many rivers in Peru to overflow and triggered mudslides on the steep Andean hillsides.
The weather forecast is for more rain in the coming days and weeks.
“We need more and better bridges, we need highways and cities with drainage systems,” said Chavez. “We can’t count on nature being predictable.” said General Jorge Chavez, who is coordinating the…