Apocalyptic scenes continue to make their way out of Peru after one of the deadliest downpours in decades.
Peru’s rainy season has delivered 10 times more rainfall than usual.
Authorities say at least 70 people have died and more than 70,000 made homeless.
An emergency has been declared in around half of the country. This means resources should be sent to the hardest-hit areas as a priority.
Prime Minister Fernando Zavala says these are mostly in the north, where rainfall has broken records in several districts. But is the bad weather over now? Forecasters think not. Peru is bracing itself for another month of flooding.
Apocalyptic scenes of devastation have been recorded on cellphones and shared on social media. Bridges have collapsed as rivers have breached their banks. School has been suspended in the capital, Lima, and restrictions have been placed on running water after treatment systems were clogged up.
This prompted a wave of panic-buying of bottled water that led to shortages at some supermarkets.
Peru is suffering its worst floods in recent history—and some scientists say global warming is to blame.
The vast majority of people affected by the extreme flooding in Peru are poor. They include many who built homes on floodplains that had been dry for 20 years.