Peru flood vic­tims plead for wa­ter

New Straits Times - - World -

HUARMEY: Stranded on their rooftops by flood­ing and mud­slides, residents in a Peru coastal town here iron­i­cally need the one thing they see ev­ery­where they look: wa­ter. Peo­ple were shout­ing from their rooftops, “Wa­ter, we want wa­ter!”

Last Wed­nes­day, the rain that had been pum­mel­ing Peru for a week sent a se­ries of mud­slides bar­relling down the hill­sides of the An­des moun­tains and into the town. The avalanche of mud, which Peru­vians call huay­cos, poured into the town and the river, caus­ing it to spill its banks.

“It started with a bit of river wa­ter com­ing in. Then, boom, the wa­ter at­tacked us. We couldn’t do any­thing. All my things are buried,” Paulina Far­romeque shouted from her rooftop on Al­berto Reyes av­enue.

“You have to cling to walls, to fences and walk along the edges to avoid sink­ing in,” said Eu­ge­nio Huer­tas, who had re­fined the tech­nique over the past four days. AFP

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