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12/31/2006

Peru floods leave thousands homeless


Earth News: Peru
Saturday, December 30, 2006 (Huanuco):Peru's Civil Defence personnel travelled to the Huanuco province on Friday to distribute emergency supplies to thousands of people left homeless from heavy floods this week.Nearly 6,000 people have been forced to flee flooded homes in Peru's northern jungle after The Huallaga, Tulumayo, Tigre, Marona, Frejol and Sungaruyacu rivers flooded in Huanuco, some 350 km northeast of Lima.Civil Defence chief Felipe Palomino said 12 tonnes of supplies arrived in the province on Thursday, and more aid was flown in on Friday."We were not able to come earlier due to the weather at the airport," Palomino said.Several hundred papaya, tea and potato crops were also destroyed, which may have an adverse affect on the country's economy.
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