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Devastating floods kill scores in PeruThe death toll from heavy rains in Peru has risen to 67 people, with thousands more forced from their homes since the beginning of year. Peru declares emergency after deadly floods
Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said on Friday that the rains, which followed a period of severe drought, were a “serious climatic problem”.
“There hasn’t been an incident of this strength along the coast of Peru since 1988,” Kuczynski said.
The latest round of unusual rains came after a series of storms that struck the country’s northern coast especially hard, causing flood waters that inundated hospitals and left some small villages completely isolated.
Even in Peru’s capital, Lima, where a desert climate rarely leads to rain, downpours flooded roads in outlaying neighbourhoods, prompting…
Investing in Disaster Resilience Now ‘Mission Critical’ for Business
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Gillis, Ellis & Baker, a New Orleans-based insurance company, relocated from the battered, flooded city to nearby Baton Rouge so it could carry on serving its 4,000 clients, who all had at least one claim following the storm.
Had it not been able to keep operating after the disaster, “we would have been out of business today”, said the firm’s president, Anderson Baker.
“We would not have been able to live up to our promise to get our customers’ claims initiated,” he told the Thomson Reuters…
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