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At least 30 missing in Peru mudslide

world Updated: Apr 18, 2009 17:35 IST
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At least 30 people were missing in a mudslide that buried a community in northeastern Peru, killing at least three people, officials said on Saturday.

“So far, 12 people have been rescued,” Jose Murgia, the chief executive of La Libertad province, said in an interview broadcast by Peruvian state television.

The mudslide, which extended 1.5 kilometers, hit the mountainside community of Chamanacucho on Thursday following heavy rains. It is located 750 kilometers north of Lima.

Authorities estimated that between 30 and 60 people were missing.

“We presume there are still victims in the mud,” said Sergio Rios, the governor of the district of Aricampa, where Chamanacucho is located.

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