Three dead following flooding in south-central Andes

Strong rains in Peru’s south-central Andes have left three people dead, two missing and 150 people homeless after the flooding of the Huayanay river, located in the Acobamba province in Huancavelica. The president of Huancavelica, Federico Salas, told Radio Programas Peru that some residents had built homes in unsuitable areas, making them more susceptible to flooding.

Salas adds that his administration is coordinating with civil defense, or Indeci, to provide shelter, lamps and other materials for families affected by the flooding. They have also contacted the National Food Assistance Program, or Pronaa, to receive aid for the population.

Rains and storms over the weekend have caused damage to other communities in Peru’s southern Andean highlands. On Saturday, Radio Programas Peru reported that one person was killed and another 10 injured from a rock and mudslide caused by rains in Huancavelica city. Regional President Salas recommended travelers postpone trips to the area highways in and out of the city were flooded.

In Cusco, 50 houses were flooded when a rain and hail storm on Sunday flooded the Sipaspuqllo river.

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