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New round of heavy rain and deadly floods, Peru

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A new round of heavy rain has been affecting several regions of Peru over the past couple of days, causing floods and mudslides that resulted in fatalities and damage across the country.

A state of emergency has been declared in the province of Chanchamayo, in the district of Palca, Tarma Province and Ulcumayo, Junin Province.

As of 08:00 UTC today, four people were reported dead in Junin Region of central Peru and at least 1 800 affected by the overflowing rivers Chanchamayo, Paucartambo and Perené, ECHO reports.

Up to 30 houses have been destroyed and over 500 have been flooded.

INDECI said March 31 it mobilized 5 tons of food for the department and made it available to regional and local authorities for immediate distribution.

National and local authorities are working to restore the Paucartambo – Chontabamba – Oxapampa road, which was affected by landslides in recent days.

Intense rainfall also hit San Martin Region in northern Peru, where the overflowing of the river Huallaga affected 228 people and flooded 70 buildings.

Heavy rain, strong winds and thunderstorms could affect mainland Peru, from the central areas to the south over the next 48 hours.

A Level 4 warning, has been issued for several districts in Arequipa, Puno, Tacna and Cuzco regions, southern Peru.

Featured image credit: National Provias

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