Three Missing After Landslide Hits Mine Camp

Three people are missing following a landslide that hit a work camp in the Ancash region owned by the small mining company San Juan, state news agency Andina reported. 

The landslide occurred early Wednesday morning as heavy rains caused the flooding of Encantada lake, in the district of Llapo.

Members of the civil defense institute in Ancash are traveling to the area to confirm the damage.

Reports earlier in the day said that some 25 people were missing as a result of the landslide, but this has now been ruled out.

“We don’t have reports of 25 missing,” said Arturo Aranda, a regional manager for the civil defense institute in Ancash.

Ancash region’s president, César Alvarez, said that 252 lakes in the area are in danger of causing floods and landslides because of the heavy rains.

Heavy rains are pounding much of Peru, causing a number of landslides and swelling of rivers that have washed away mountain roads and buildings.

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