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Situation Update No. 1
On 12.04.2010 at 18:37 GMT+2
A huge portion of a glacier fell on a lagoon in Ancash on Sunday, generating a massive mudslide that affected the towns of Hualcán, Acopampa, Obrabaje, Queshquipachán and Pariacaca, located near the Hualcán peak, 28 km. North of Huaraz. According to preliminary reports issued by Civil Defense (Indeci), there have not been any fatalities, 4 missing persons and a total of 40 people affected; however, figures may reach 200 people, according to
LIMA (Reuters) - A huge glacier broke off and plunged into a lake in Peru, causing a 75-foot (23-metre) tsunami wave that swept away at least three people and destroyed a water processing plant serving 60,000 local residents, government officials said on Monday.
LIMA – Five people who had been reported missing after a lake in the northwestern Peruvian region of Ancash overflowed when a huge chunk of a nearby glacier broke off and slid into the water were found alive, authorities reported on Monday.
Originally, four people had been reported missing in the incident, which occurred on Sunday, but later on Monday this tally was raised to six, and 50 homes were destroyed, the Indeci civil defense institute reported.
A few hours later, Cesar Alvarez, president of the regional government, told RPP radio that five of the six missing people had been found alive, adding that three of them are fishermen who had gone out onto the lake to fish and the other two had suffered traffic accidents apparently caused when they panicked amid the confusion of the incident.
The two people who had traffic accidents were admitted to a local hospital, where their injuries are apparently not life-threatening.
The regional government said that authorities had overflown the affected area, where an emergency has been declared, and that the lake – called “Laguna 513” – received the impact of 2 million cubic meters (68.7 million cubic feet) of ice that broke off of the glacier, a mass that produced a wave in the lake 23 meters (75 feet) high and caused substantial local flooding.