Peru’s capital Lima is bracing for more rain and floods following a powerful cyclone, which has already left at least eight dead. Overall, at least 59 people have died since the rainy season began in Peru last September.
School classes have been suspended in the Peruvian capital Lima. The city expects the worst rains in recent memory.
Torrential downpours have caused widespread flooding. Rivers have overflowed their banks in outlying districts.
Peru’s President Dina Boluarte has issued a red alert for Lima. The warning applies particularly to the city’s rivers - the Rímac, Chillón and Lurín.
Peru’s coast is arid, and most cities don’t have drainage systems. Even small amounts of rain can quickly lead to flooding. Passing Cyclone Yaku triggered heavy rains causing destruction on Peru’s northern coast and in southern Ecuador.
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