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Peru: 16 dead and 20 missing in landslides

2023-02-09T21:09:08.899Z


Landslides in the region of Arequipa, in the south of Peru, left 16 dead, 27 injured, 20 missing and more than 12,000...


Landslides in the region of Arequipa, in southern Peru, left 16 dead, 27 injured, 20 missing and more than 12,000 victims, according to a latest report on Thursday from the National Civil Defense Institute (INDECI). .

The previous death toll from these landslides, which occurred on Sunday February 5 after heavy rains, was 15 dead and 20 injured.

All the victims come from the district of Mariano Valcarcel, in the province of Camana, west of the city of Arequipa and 840 km south of the capital Lima.

The damage is particularly significant in the towns of Miski, San Martin, Secocha and Uraski, where many roads, homes and schools have been destroyed or damaged, according to the national institute.

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Six adults, three men and three women, aged 20 to 70, and a four-year-old child were identified among the victims.

The identities of the other nine people who died have not been released.

Peruvian President Dina Boluarte, who has been facing a wave of protests since December calling for her resignation and the dissolution of parliament, visited the site on Tuesday and inspected the damage during an overview of the region where mining activity is important.

According to the regional governor of Arequipa, there is a high probability that miners have been trapped in collapsed gold mines.

Source: lefigaro

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