Latest Flooding in Peru Turns Deadly
Fast-moving water spilled onto streets and into homes on Thursday during intense rainstorms in Lima, Peru's capital.
The heavy rains killed at least 12 people in Peru, the Associated Press reported. It said the water, much of it dirty, now threatens to flood the city.
Peruvian officials said on Thursday they expect the extreme weather to continue for another two weeks.
Weather experts are blaming the intense rains on the weather event called El Nino. It produces a warming of surface waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
To date, the storms are reported to have killed more than 60 people and destroyed 12,000 homes across Peru this year.
President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski has declared a state of emergency in the affected areas. He said the government is prepared to provide shelter and assistance to those left homeless by the storms.
Schools nationwide have suspended classes.
In the past three days, the rains and mudslides have brought severe destruction to Peru. And, the storms have caught people in Lima by surprise. The city, where it almost never rains, is home to 10 million people.
One extreme incident happened about 50 kilometers south of downtown Lima. Shocked city residents watched and captured video on their mobile phones as a woman escaped from a mixture of mud, wood and farm animals.
Evangelina Chamorro had just left her two daughters at school when, soon after, she and her husband were pulled into a landslide. They were feeding their pigs when the landslide seized control of them.
Armando Rivera, Chamorro's husband, told a Peruvian radio station that he and his wife climbed a tree but the tree broke in two. They held on to each other's hands, but Chamorro eventually lost hold and got separated.
Then, Chamorro appeared near a bridge, lifting herself from a flood of debris and walking toward land covered head to toe in mud.
"There's a person there!" an observer cried out.
Chamorro collapsed as she reached land and was quickly carried by several men to an emergency vehicle. She suffered only minor injuries.
Last week, during heavy rainfall, more than 15 people were killed when a bus fell into a ravine in central Peru, Alliance France-Presse reported.
This week in Lima, the rising Huaycoloro River washed away two trucks and nearly destroyed a bridge.
Seven of the nation's most dangerous criminals were temporarily transported to another detention center after a river near the prison threatened to overflow.
President Kuczynski said in a statement Wednesday that Peruvians should not take unnecessary risks. He urged them to avoid flooded roads and weak bridges.
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1.cried out 大喊
Hart cried out as his head struck rock.
2.washed away 洗刷掉；冲走
Weeks of heavy rain have washed away roads and bridges.
3.fell into 掉进；跌入
Totally exhausted, he tore his clothes off and fell into bed.
4.heavy rains 暴雨
The heavy rains and flooding killed scores of livestock.
1.Then, Chamorro appeared near a bridge, lifting herself from a flood of debris and walking toward land covered head to toe in mud.
walking toward 朝着...走去
I saw Ken walking toward the station.
He was walking toward me with one hand holding a knife.
2.Then, Chamorro appeared near a bridge, lifting herself from a flood of debris and walking toward land covered head to toe in mud.
head to toe 从头到脚；全身
He was dressed in white from head to toe.
She plastered herself from head to toe in high factor sun lotion.
美联社报道称，秘鲁这场暴雨造成至少12人遇难 。污浊的洪水几乎要淹没整座城市 。
气象专家将这场暴雨归咎于厄尔尼诺现象 。这是太平洋东部海域海水出现升温的现象 。
佩德罗·巴勃罗·库琴斯基（Pedro Pablo Kuczynski）总统宣布受灾地区进入紧急状态 。他表示，政府准备为那些因暴风雨无家可归者提供庇护所和援助 。
过去的三天，降雨和泥石流对秘鲁造成了严重破坏 。同时，这场暴风雨让所有利马人感到意外 。这座拥有1000万人口的城市几乎从不下雨 。
利马市中心以南约50公里的地方发生了一起严重的事故 。一位妇女正从混杂着污泥、木头和家畜的泥石流中逃生，震惊的市民用手机记录下这一幕 。
夏莫罗（Evangelina Chamorro）刚把两个女儿送到学校，她就与丈夫遇到一处山体滑坡 。山体滑坡发生时，夫妻二人正在喂猪 。
夏莫罗的丈夫里维拉对秘鲁一家广播电台表示，他与妻子爬上了一棵树，但是树断成了两截 。他们牢牢抓住彼此的手，但夏莫罗最后体力不支被水冲走 。
夏莫罗爬上路面后瘫倒在地，几位男士迅速将其送上一辆急救车 。她只是受了点轻伤 。
周三，库琴斯基总统在一份声明中称，大家不应该冒不必要的风险 。他督促人们绕行被淹的道路和不稳定的桥梁 。