Mudslide buries homes in Peru

April 16, 2009 11:50:13 AM PDT
Peru's civil defense says a mudslide has buried 25 homes in two towns in the northern highlands. As many as 30 people are missing. Civil Defense special operations coordinator Walter Tapia says the mudslide hit the La Libertad province towns of Chamanacucho and Aricapampa, burying 25 homes early Thursday morning.

Tapia told the Associated Press Thursday that between 20 and 30 people are missing and feared dead.

The region has been battered by heavy rains. Lima's RPP radio reports that Civil Defense and Health Ministry officials are traveling to the region to help the emerency response.

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