Hundreds flee after severe flooding in Peruvian Amazon

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Further torrential rain has wreaked havoc in the central Amazon region of Peru, displacing hundreds of families, devastating local crops and demolishing public infrastructure.

Emergency workers were called to assist people stranded in flooded streets as water levels reached up to three metres.

Overflowing flowing river waters uprooted trees and forced some residents to abandon their riverside homes in search of higher ground.

Martine Dennis reports.

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