Heavy rains flood 20,000 houses in northern Peru

15:09, February 12, 2010      

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At least 20,000 houses were flooded and 150 others collapsed on Thursday as torrential rains lashed northern Peru, according to local media.

The heavy rains affected Peru's northern city of Trujillo, where three hospitals have been flooded, and some building bases cracked by the water.

In the face of floods, La Esperanza, El Porvenir and Salaverry are the most vulnerable towns in Trujillo in La Libertad province.

According to the regional government, some 60,000 houses are in danger in the province since rocks began to slide down from hills.

The regional administration of health has issued an alert on the breakout of dengue and other diarrheal diseases resulting from the rain.

Meanwhile, tourism to the archaeological ruins of Chan Chan in Trujillo was cancelled because of the rainy season.

Source: Xinhua
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