Peru landslide: At least 60 houses with people inside buried in Pataz province

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While casualties are yet unknown, dozens of people are feared dead after a landslide buried multiple homes. The disaster occurred at around 8.30am local time and was believed to be a result of the heavy rain in the La Libertad region of Peru. Local news outlets shared the moment of the catastrophe which sees the ground fall from a nearby cliff and residents desperately trying to free people trapped indoors.

Manuel Llempen, regional governor of La Libertad, reported that it is estimated that approximately 60 to 80 houses have been buried with people inside due to a landslide in Pataz.

The Regional Government of La Libertad issued a statement saying: “Faced with the landslide of a hillside in the upper part of the town of Retamas which occurred this morning and buried homes…

“The regional governor and president of the Regional Emergency Platform called an emergency meeting to adopt urgent accidents to help the affected population.”

Larges parts of the hillside were seen crumbling to the town beneath it with many people feared trapped.

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