The Americas

Dozen die in new round of Peru flooding

  • A man plays in a flooded street using an inner tube in Lima, Peru, Thursday, March 16, 2017. A new round of unusually heavy rains has killed at least a dozen people in Peru and now threatens flooding in the capital. Authorities said Thursday they expect the intense rains caused by the warming of surface waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean to continue another two weeks. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

    A man plays in a flooded street using an inner tube in Lima, Peru, Thursday, March 16, 2017. A new round of unusually heavy rains has killed at least a dozen people in Peru and now threatens flooding in the capital. Authorities said Thursday they expect the intense rains caused by the warming of surface waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean to continue another two weeks. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)  (The Associated Press)

  • A man looks at the flow of the Huaycoloro river in Lima, Peru, Thursday, March 16, 2017. A new round of unusually heavy rains has killed at least a dozen people in Peru and now threatens flooding in the capital. Authorities said Thursday they expect the intense rains caused by the warming of surface waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean to continue another two weeks. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

    A man looks at the flow of the Huaycoloro river in Lima, Peru, Thursday, March 16, 2017. A new round of unusually heavy rains has killed at least a dozen people in Peru and now threatens flooding in the capital. Authorities said Thursday they expect the intense rains caused by the warming of surface waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean to continue another two weeks. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)  (The Associated Press)

  • Soldiers carry tools to use for helping neighbors cross a flooded street in Lima, Peru, Thursday, March 16, 2017. A new round of unusually heavy rains has killed at least a dozen people in Peru and now threatens flooding in the capital. Authorities said Thursday they expect the intense rains caused by the warming of surface waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean to continue another two weeks. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

    Soldiers carry tools to use for helping neighbors cross a flooded street in Lima, Peru, Thursday, March 16, 2017. A new round of unusually heavy rains has killed at least a dozen people in Peru and now threatens flooding in the capital. Authorities said Thursday they expect the intense rains caused by the warming of surface waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean to continue another two weeks. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)  (The Associated Press)

A new round of unusually heavy rains has killed at least a dozen people in Peru and now threatens flooding in the capital.

The new floods and mudslides over the past three days follow a series of other storms and officials say that a total of 62 people have died and 12,000 homes have been destroyed so far this year.

Authorities said Thursday they expect the intense rains caused by the warming of surface waters in the eastern Pacific Ocean to continue another two weeks.

Schools nationwide are suspending classes and in the capital of Lima, the swelling Huaycoloro river swept away two trucks and threatens to destroy a bridge.

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said late Wednesday that authorities are prepared to provide shelter and relief to those left homeless.