Peru flood victims plead for water
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