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Dozens killed in torrential rains and flooding in Peru

Peru mudslide

Covered in mud, she was able to lift herself on top of wooden planks and walk over to the shore.

Evangelina Chamorro, 32, had just dropped her two daughters at school and was feeding her pigs alongside her husband when they were pulled into a landslide.

According to La Republica, a bull spotted struggling in the sludge was also rescued by dozens of neighbours, along with other animals.

In Piura province, located 858km to the northeast of Lima, more than 35,000 were displaced by floods due to heavy rainfall.

The rains, brought on by El Niño, are expected to continue for another two weeks, authorities said on Thursday.

The death toll from heavy rains in Peru has risen to 67 people, with thousands more forced from their homes since the beginning of year.

The presidential council of ministers said on Twitter that 750 districts have already declared a state of emergency.

"There's a person there!" an onlooker can be heard on video crying out in Spanish, as the camera zooms in on Díaz. The woman was carried to an ambulance and sustained minor injuries. And seven of the nation's most unsafe criminals were temporarily transported to another facility after a river near the prison threatened to overflow.

President Kuczynski said in a statement Wednesday that Peruvians should not take unnecessary risks.

The Associated Press, Alliance France-Presse and United Press International reported on this story.

"This emergency will pass, but we must be prudent", he wrote.