LIMA.- Flash floods and landslides hit parts of Lima, leaving some communities cut off roads Saturday, as others in Peru fled rising rivers, and millions fretted that they won't have drinking water.
The government announced Sunday that so far this year 75 people have died as a result of heavy rains and flash floods around the country.
Peru's geographic extremes help fuel the often deadly force of the mudslides known locally, as huyacos, the indigenous Quechua word for flash flood-landslide.
The South American nation of over 30 million has plenty of extremes: its Pacific coastal deserts in the west are interrupted by the soaring Andes, famed for the Inca people and Machu Picchu in the south. Further east, Peru has hot Amazon basin lowlands.