El Nino storms flood central Peru

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Torrential rains in central Peru send rivers and streams over their banks and force families from their homes. Rough Cut – subtitled (no reporter narration).

El Nino storms flood central Peru

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Dozens of residents from Peru’s central Amazon jungle city of Tingo Maria were forced from their homes on Tuesday after torrential rains blamed on El Nino sparked mass flooding.

Aerial images showed the flooded sectors of Afilador, Buenos Aires and Orquidias in Tingo Maria, following heavy rainfall.

El Nino is driven by warm surface water in the eastern Pacific Ocean and its strength is measured by how much higher temperatures are over three-month averages.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has already said this year’s El Nino is the strongest in over 15 years and could strengthen.

Flood victims in Tingo Maria were seen walking through chest-deep water, carrying belongings they had salvaged on their shoulders.

Flood victim Elsa Rivero said everything was completely drenched.

“Everything is underwater, under me, my sister, my mother, we’re all in the same (situation). There is nowhere to put things,” Rivero said.

Residents could be seen patiently waiting in their already flooded homes, for the rains to subside.

Civil Defense members were seen in the area helping to rescue flood victims.

Local authorities used heavy machinery, to clear the main road to Huanuco, which was blocked by small mudslides and flooding in the El Baden creek.

Tags : peru, central, flood, storms, Nino

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