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Devastating Floods in Peru Displace Tens of Thousands
Mudslides have struck across the Andean nation where dozens have been killed and many of the hardest hit are those who can least afford it.
Residents wade through water as a flash flood brings mud and debris in Trujillo, Peru on March 18, 2017.
Across Peru, dozens have been killed and tens of thousands displaced after sudden warming of Pacific waters off the coast unleashed torrential downpours in recent weeks. It is part of a localized El Niño phenomenon that is forecast to stretch into April.
An aerial view of flooded houses at the El Indio settlement on the outskirts of Piura, in northern Peru on March 23. The rains pummeling Peru have left 85 dead, crippled the nation's infrastructure, ruined thousands of fields of crops and destroyed 800 villages
The Evitamiento highway collapsed from flash floods in Trujillo on March 20.Peru is expected to spend at least $3.75 million in repairing bridges and roads, according to the Central Bank, but the economic toll is still accumulating. Another two weeks of rain are forecast and the state meteorological agency expects the ocean warming causing the storms to continue through April.
A woman is pulled to safety in a zipline harness in Lima on March 17.PHOTOS: Heavy Rains Flood Desert Capital of Peru