Raw: Deadly Floods Ravage Peru, Woman Escapes Mudslide

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Christian Jesus Hidalgo Medina via Storyful

A woman has narrowly escaped a fast-moving mudslide near Lima, Peru, which almost claimed her life.

A weather condition known as coastal Nino is blamed for the massive flooding.

Evangelina Chamorro Diaz, 32, struggled free from a whirlpool of mud on the outskirts of Lima in Peru.

Muddy water spilled onto streets and into homes on Thursday in a new round of unusually heavy rains that has killed at least a dozen people in Peru and now threatens flooding in the capital. It occurs when sea winds slow down, causing the ocean to warm up.

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

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

Rivera told RPP radio they climbed a tree but the trunk broke. Chamorro and her husband are both reportedly recovering in hospital.

Trapped in the water, Chamarro had no choice but to courageous the ordeal herself. Upon reaching the land she collapsed, men at the location quickly helped her to an ambulance. The woman was carried to an ambulance and sustained minor injuries.

Some 750 towns in 13 regions have been declared to be in a state of emergency, Xinhua news agency reported.

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