Residents rescued as heavy flooding strikes Peru

Peru mudslide

Mobile phone footage from Peru has captured the dramatic moment a woman swept away in a mudslide extricated herself and escaped to safety.

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.

The 32-year-old can be seen emerging from the torrent like some kind of golem, her figure suddenly discernible as she claws her way across a insane lattice formed by the remains of buildings destroyed in the disaster.

The heavy rains killed at least 12 people in Peru, the Associated Press reported. They held on to each other's hands, but Chamorro eventually lost hold and got separated.

Kuczynski declared a state of emergency in affected regions due to the flooding that has worsened in the past week as rivers overflowed and bridges have collapsed.

"There's a person there!" an observer cried out.

Officials have said the rains are caused by the El Nino-triggered warming of the surface waters in the Pacific Ocean and are expected to continue for another two weeks. She suffered only minor injuries.

Following the incident, the nation's health minister Patricia Garcia visited Díaz and said, "She is a little confused, but she is very well and will recover because she is a warrior and thank God nothing serious happened".

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