Dramatic video of man escaping mudslide in Peru

A woman in Peru clawed her way to safety after being swept up in the deadly mudslides now ravaging Peru, according to The Guardian.

Evangelina Chamorro had just left her two daughters at school when, soon after, she and her husband were pulled into a landslide.

The 32-year-old said she survived by grabbing on to tree branches and trying to build a makeshift bridge to drag herself out of the mud.

In the past handful of days a dozen people have been killed due to flooding and mudslides that have been brought on by heavy rains.

State of emergency has been declared across 750 districts.

"There's a person there!" an onlooker can be heard on video crying out in Spanish, as the camera zooms in on Díaz.

Some 62 people have died, 15,500 hectares of crops were affected and 1,200 kilometers of roads were destroyed throughout the country since the rainy season began in December and ended March 15, according to an official report. Upon reaching the land she collapsed, men at the location quickly helped her to an ambulance.

He said the government is prepared to provide shelter and assistance to those left homeless by the storms.

Authorities expected the intense rains to continue for another two weeks, CNN reported. She suffered only minor injuries. And seven of the nation's most unsafe criminals were temporarily transported to another facility after a river near the prison threatened to overflow.

"This emergency will pass, but we must be prudent", he wrote.

  • Elsie Buchanan