Peru

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

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

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.

The price tag for fixing roads and bridges is at least $1 billion and the work will take two to three...

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