The death toll in Peru has hiked up to 67 due to intense rainfalls. Across the nation, El Niño rains have destroyed 115,000 homes and collapsed 117 bridges. Thousands of more people are waiting on rooftops to be rescued, according to the Associated Press (AP).
President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said in a broadcast to that nation:
“We are confronting a serious climatic problem. There hasn’t been an incident of this strength along the coast of Peru since 1998.”
The downpour of rain has resulted in collapsed bridges, mudslides, and schools being shut down. One woman impacted by the rainfall told The Guardian:
“The water came up to our knees, the only thing we could do was run for our lives and to try and keep calm.”
The AP reported that the national police saved eight people who were trapped for three days and found the body of an 88-year-old man killed by the heavy floods.
— ABC News (@ABC) March 17, 2017
A Peruvian meteorologist, Abraham Levy, explained that the weather conditions were “extremely unusual”:
More video of damaging flash floods reported in Peru on March 15. 60 fatalities reported! Video: El despertar a un nuevo mundo pic.twitter.com/pfW8K4LivL
— severe-weather.EU (@severeweatherEU) March 17, 2017
The storm is expected to continue for another week. President Kuczynski said that he will be increasing financial resources for reconstruction and that he is confident that the nation has the resources to combat the floods.