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Mudslide Survivor Recovering at Local Hospital in Peru; Death Toll Nationwide at 62

LIMA – The woman who escaped from a mudslide in southern Lima is now recovering at a local hospital, the Peruvian health authorities reported on Thursday.

Evangelina Chamorro Diaz, 32, survived a raging mudslide that swept stones and sticks through Punta Hermosa district in Lima, an incident which left two people dead, including a 6-year-old girl.

The images showing the woman covered with mud and surrounded by sticks and debris were taken by an amateur photographer which left the whole country and the world in shock.

People at the scene came to rescue her from the disaster, in which several pigs and cows were also seen being dragged away by the muddy waters.

Mudslides and river flooding hit the north, central and south of Lima and many areas in Peru following heavy rain which caused at least 62 dead nationwide in the last weeks.

On the North Pan-American Highway, the Chillon River overflowed at the 24th kilometer and the traffic was heavily restricted to one lane, while a mudslide in Huaral caused two trucks to fall off the broken road, killing one person and injuring four.

The Rimac River flooded the district of Huachipa in the east of Lima to the height of Carapongo Bridge and Las Torres Avenue and also brought down a pedestrian bridge in San Juan de Lurigancho District.

Seven prisoners held at the Naval Base of Lima’s Callao port, including former presidential candidate Vladimiro Montesinos and the founder of the armed guerrilla group Shining Path, Abimael Guzman, were evacuated from their prison on Thursday for fear the jail may be flooded by the overflow of the Rimac river.

The traffic on the South Pan American Highway was also affected by mudslides which swept to Punta Hermosa beach.

The National Police reported that another dead body was found in the area, the second death after the 6-year-old girl from Sumac Pachas town.

 

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