October 18, 2012

PERU: 5 Children And 6 Adults Killed, 10 Missing In Landslide

The Malaysian Star
written by AFP staff
Thursday October 18, 2012

LIMA - At least 11 Peruvians were killed and 10 more are missing after a mudslide Wednesday slammed into a small village in a mountainous jungle region, officials said.

Those killed in the landslide include five children, Ronald Garcia, the provincial mayor, told RPP national radio network.

The avalanche of mud and rocks swept away 24 homes when it crashed into the village of El Porvenir, in the northern department of San Martin, at dawn.

The head of Peru's Civil Defense Institute, Alfredo Murgueytio, told the daily El Comercio in an interview posted online that rescuers pulled 11 bodies from the rubble, and that 10 people are still missing.

Mayor Garcia said that some of the missing people may have fled into the hills to save their lives.

"Whole families are missing," said Garcia. More than 80 families live in the village, he said.

El Porvenir residents are mostly coffee farmers, officials said. Heavy rain in Peru's Andean region in recent weeks has triggered several landslides.

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