Peru woman escapes risky mudslide in a shocking video

Kristopher Drake
March 18, 2017

Evangelina Chamorro Diaz crawled and stumbled through debris as she tried to reach onlookers for help in Punta Hermosa, about 40km outside of the capital Lima.

The woman tries to get her footing on the debris caught in the mudslide.

Chamorro's husband, Armando Rivera, explained the couple climbed a tree but the trunk broke. They held on to each other's hands, but were eventually separated.

Mudslides have claimed the lives of 18 people, and more than 35,000 people have been displaced as a result of heavy rains across Peru this year.

She appeared near a bridge after bolding the mudslide, lifting herself from several wooden planks she walked towards the shore, shaken.

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

A local El Nino phenomenon, the warming of surface sea temperatures in the Pacific, will likely continue along Peru's northern coast at least through April, said Dimitri Gutierrez, a scientist with Peru's El Nino committee.

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said authorities will provide shelter and relief to those left homeless. "Do not take unnecessary risks such as crossing flooded roads or weak bridges".

"We are organized and ready to handle this emergency", he added. "Let's stay calm and obey the authorities", he wrote.

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