13 dead in Peru landslide
At least 13 people, including one child, were killed in a landslide in a village in northern Peru during heavy rain, local authorities said.world Updated: Apr 14, 2009 08:32 IST
At least 13 people, including one child, were killed in a landslide in a village in northern Peru during heavy rain, local authorities said.
Several homes were buried in mud after a landslide early Sunday in Retamas, in La Libertad region some 500 kilometres north of Lima.
“Thirteen people died and rescue teams continue to assess the homes that were damaged,” the region’s president, Jose Murgia, said yesterday stressing that the heavy rains had hampered rescue operations.
National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI) operations director Walter Tapia earlier put the initial toll at nine dead. Tapia told AFP that massive amounts of mud and rocks had buried homes in Retamas.
Policemen and locals were participating in rescue operations, while civil defense teams were attending to people affected by the landslides who had to evacuate their homes.
Mudslides are common in Peru during heavy rains. Between October 2007 and March 2008, at least 29 people were killed and six went missing due to heavy rain and overflowing rivers, according to INDECI.