Flooding, landslides bring misery to Peru's Amazon region

Landslides and flooding in the Amazonian town of Pozuzo have left thousands of people displaced and several others dead and missing.

Parts of Peru were digging out Saturday from a deluge of mud and debris caused by torrential rain that has continuednearly non-stop since December.

Landslides and flooding in the Amazonian town of Pozuzo on Friday left thousands of people displaced and several others dead and missing, media reports said.

Officials said at least seven people were killed by floods that covered many towns in the Pasco region with mud.

Residents were faced with several challenges as they tried to evacuate the areas, as many of the main roadways were blocked by water, dirt and debris.

Pozuzo Mayor Pedro Ubaldo said efforts were being made to transport most people by motorcycle.

He also said the town was going to co-ordinate further rescues with the Ministry of Transportation.

The rains caused the Black River to overflow, leaving Pozuzo isolated in mountains of mud.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Aid reports that flooding has affected well over 33,000 people and that more than 4,500 are in urgent need of aid.

With files from the Associated Press