Deadly downpours, flooding, and mudslides caused by a coastal El Nino have brought devastation to thousands of people in Peru.
At least 72 people have been killed and more than 62,000 people have been affected by the storm. More than 8,000 homes have been destroyed.

In the midst of the tragedy, Peruvians and Christians around the world are praying for lives to be spared and flood waters to recede. Some have launched a prayer effort on Twitter and other social media called #PrayForPeru.

Rossana Zapata Nieri, our Mundo Cristiano (Christian World News Spanish) correspondent in Lima reports since last January, the country has experienced heavy rains along the northern coast. She says this weekend, the Huaycoloro and Chillon Rivers spilled over their banks and caused extensive flooding in the regions of La Libertad, Cajamarca, Ancash, and the capital city of Lima.

“The flooding of the rivers has led to the collapse of bridges and the isolation of entire populations,” reports Zapata Nieri. “Churches are joining forces to gather and deliver the necessary assistance of water, non-perishable food, and blankets to the victims.”

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Gary Lane