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Death toll rises to 72 in Peru rains, flooding, mudslides

AP  |  Lima (Peru) 

Peruvian authorities say the intense rains, overflowing rivers, mudslides and flooding being experienced in the country are the worst seen in in two decades, affecting more than half the nation as the death toll since the beginning of the year hits 72.

Prime Minister Fernando Zavala today updated the number of dead to 72 in comments to local radio station RPP. The says 374 people were killed in 1998 during a similar period of massive rains and flooding.

Lima has been without water service since the beginning of the week. The has deployed the armed forces to help police control public order in the 811 cities that have declared an emergency.

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First Published: Sun, March 19 2017. 00:07 IST