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Peru's Flood Victims in the Aftermath of Flooding and Landslides

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Peru's Prime Minister Juan Jimenez tours flood-ravaged areas of Arequipa Province after torrential rains set off landslides and cause rivers to burst their banks.

Peruvian Prime Minister Juan Jimenez visited some of the victims of torrential rains in southern Peru on Monday, after a state of emergency was declared in the flood-ravaged area.

Vast stretches of Arequipa Province have been submerged by floods since Friday.

Peru's office of meteorology reports rain fall amounts of 4 inches in just seven hours.

Nearly 50 thousand people have been affected by intense rains in Arequipa and Ica with six people killed so far.

Prime Minister Jimenez was joined by Arequipa's Regional President Juan Manuel Guillen in a tour of flood-ravaged areas.

[Juan Jimenez, Peruvian Prime Minister]:
"We are here on behalf of the President of the Republic (Ollanta Humala) and we are attending to the situation in Arequipa. The President is receiving up to the minute reports and is well informed."

Emergency teams are clearing roads washed out by landslides as authorities step up relief efforts to communities worst affected by the torrential rain.

Defense Minister Pablo Cateriano said various government ministries will come together to help deliver aid to the tens of thousands of flood victims.

[Pablo Cateriano, Peruvian Defense Minister]:
"Today we went on an aerial inspection of the area with a helicopter through central Arequipa. We have seen where the damage is, it is not in all the city, and the Transport and Communications Ministry and hopefully as well the Housing Ministry with Minister (Rene) Cornejo could cooperate with the regional government and the Regional Municipality of Arequipa."

Local media report an estimated 55 tons of aid has been prepared for flood victims.

Many residents were left with nothing as rivers burst their banks, with many families facing the daunting task of piecing their lives back together.

[Unidentified Victim]:
"I'm a single mother. Look at how my children are, my daughter is frightened. We have slept outside, all my things have been destroyed, I don't have anything, not even a plate."

Peru's civil protection authorities estimate thousands of homes have been destroyed and damaged in the floods.

Peru's wet season usually starts in February with landslides and floods common during this time.

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