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Peru: at least 40 dead and dozens injured by several avalanches in Arequipa

2023-02-07T03:25:42.528Z


The rains caused landslides that devastated towns in the province of Camaná. Several people wait in hospitals to recognize the bodies.


At least

40 people died and a dozen were injured

as a result of

land displacements

that occurred in various towns in the province of Camaná,

Arequipa

region , in southern

Peru

.

Wilson Gutiérrez, Civil Defense official of the Mariano Nicolás Valcárcel municipality, confirmed to the RPP radio station that some

200 prefabricated houses were devastated by

the avalanche in Secocha, one of the main affected towns.

In this context, the regional governor of Arequipa,

Rohel Sánchez

, reported that he will request the declaration of

an emergency zone

for the damage caused in up to seven provinces in the region.

In addition, he confirmed that he will send rescue brigades to help with the rescue tasks and support materials to care for the

nearly 2,000 affected families

.

Meanwhile,

he did not rule out that the number of fatalities will rise in the next few

hours, given that a lot of mining activity takes place in the affected hills: "We probably have people there who have not been able to leave the mines that have been devastated by the mudslides" .

Among the towns that were affected by this landslide, as a result of the intense rains registered over the weekend in the region, are Pampaylima, Venado de Oro, Infiernillo, San Martín, Miski and Secocha, located in the district of Mariano Nicolás Valcárcel.

Residents surround the bodies of people who died in the avalanches in southern Peru.

AP Photo/Ever Chambi.

Other landslides that occurred last Sunday in two Andean districts of the department of Lima caused consequences in 99 homes, leaving 265 people homeless and another 365 with damage to their homes, according to another Civil Defense report.

News in development. 

With information from agencies. 

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