11 dead, several missing in Peru landslide

  • AFP, Lima
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  • Updated: Oct 18, 2012 08:05 IST

At least 11 people were killed and 10 were reported to be missing after a mudslide slammed into a hamlet in Peru's mountainous jungle region, civil defense officials said.

The avalanche of mud and rocks swept away four homes when it crashed into El Porvenir, in the northern department of San Martin, at dawn, officials said on Wednesday.

Rescuers rushed to El Porvenir, where mostly area farmers live, to search for survivors, regional Civil Defense authorities said.

Heavy rain in Peru's Andean region in recent weeks has triggered several landslides.

 

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