Mar 29, 2017

Peru's brutal season of floods leaves 94 dead, 700,000 homeless

Piura
Peru
by
Adriana Leon, Chris Kraul
,
Los Angeles Times
Nearly 15 hours of rain caused a flood that has inundated the Peruvian city of Piura, about 620 miles north of Lima. Photo: PATRICIA LACHIRA / AFP/Getty Images
Nearly 15 hours of rain caused a flood that has inundated the Peruvian city of Piura, about 620 miles north of Lima. Photo: PATRICIA LACHIRA / AFP/Getty Images

Extreme weather has battered many parts of the world this year, but few countries have suffered more in lives, homes and crops lost than Peru, the Andean country that has been beset with torrential rains and massive flooding for much of this year.

On Tuesday, the Peruvian government raised the death toll from floods to 94 while relief agencies estimated that 700,000 persons have been left homeless in 12 of the country’s 25 regions. The cost to Peru’s economy in lost productivity has been estimated at $3.1 billion, or 1.6% of the country’s annual output of goods and services.