Saturday, February 09, 2013 5:53 pm
At least 6 dead as flooding hits Peru's No. 2 city
The Associated Press
A regional meteorologist quoted by the Andina state news agency says nearly 5 inches (12.3 centimeters) of rain fell on Arequipa during a seven-hour period that began Friday afternoon.
Police officer Cesar Villegas told The Associated Press by phone Saturday that homes were destroyed and cars flipped over by surging floodwaters in the city of 800,000 residents. Video broadcast on Peruvian television showed muddy torrents tearing apart dirt streets.
Regional Gov. Miguel Guzman said in a TV interview that at least two bridges have collapsed and several outlying towns are cut off.