Eleven Dead as Flooding Ravages Northern Peru

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Heavy rains wash hundreds of houses away and kill at least eleven Peruvians. Around 30 thousand people are affected by the flooding.

Peru's Civil Defense office says on Monday that intense flooding across the North of the country has killed 11 people and destroyed hundreds of homes.

Experts at the Peruvian Meteorological and Hydrological Service in Lima are monitoring the data.

[Teresa Garcia, Meteorologist]:
"The rainfall has caused the water level to rise. Where it has risen substantially, lots of communities have been affected. The increase in water levels has caused floods and overflowing in the area."

Local authorities say almost 300 houses are destroyed, with more than 700 left uninhabitable.

The official report estimates that some 30 thousand people across the country have been affected by the flooding to different degrees.

Humanitarian aid has been gathered for distribution by local authorities, but as the rain continues to fall, there is concern that more damage will follow.