LIMA – Four peasants died in a mudslide after a rain-soaked hillside gave way in the Acopampa district, some 350 kilometers (about 220 miles) north of Lima, officials confirmed on Monday.
In remarks to Efe, Ancash region emergency services director German Velazco said that the bodies of the victims, who were apparently all from the same family, were recovered on Sunday.
He added that authorities were also looking for another woman who possibly perished in the mudslide, which occurred Saturday morning in the remote peasant community of Rampac Grande in Ancash.
The 30 or so families that live in the village have been relocated temporarily to a nearby zone until the ground dries out and the danger of further landslides is reduced, Velazco said.
More than 50 people have died in Peru since October 2008 as a result of the seasonal heavy rains, which saturate the ground with water and, on occasion, cause hillsides to give way, as well as causing rivers to overflow. EFE